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18:39 2019-08-19

Sonos Bluetooth-enabled, battery-powered speaker leaks ahead of official launch Sonos has an event coming up at the end of the month to reveal something new, but leaks have pretty much given away what’s likely to be the highlight announcement at the event: A new, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that has a built-in battery for portable power. The speaker originally leaked earli...
15:52 2019-08-19

Minecraft to get big lighting, shadow and color upgrades through Nvidia ray tracing Minecraft is getting a free update that brings much-improved lighting and color to the game’s blocky graphics using real-time ray tracing running on Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics hardware. The new look is a dramatic change in the atmospherics of the game, and manages to be eerily realistic while...
14:26 2019-08-19

Report: US expected to give Huawei another 90-day export license Enlarge (credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Back in May, the US government placed an export ban on Huawei barring US companies (and companies using US-origin technology) from doing business with the Chinese tech giant. Because Huawei still has customers to support in the smartphone and cellular in...
05:00 2019-08-18

Next Apple Watch could include new ceramic and titanium models Apple’s next Apple Watch revision could include new materials for the case, including titanium and ceramic. That’s according to new assets pulled form the latest watchOS beta release, as uncovered by Brazilian site iHelp.br (via 9to5Mac). The new screens discovered in the beta show grap...
22:52 2019-08-17

Ikea doubles down on smart home tech with new business unit Ikea’s smart home investments to date have been smart but scattered – now the Swedish home goods brand says it’s going to amp up its smart home bets with a brand new dedicated business unit. The company’s smart home endeavors began in 2012, and focused on wireless charging and smar...
22:52 2019-08-17

Google Drive will introduce long-asked-for file shortcuts feature Enlarge / Google offers a suite of cloud collaboration services, but Drive is at the heart of it all. (credit: Google) Soon, Google will add one of the most commonly requested features to its Drive file hosting, sharing, and collaboration service: shortcuts. These will allow users to create pointe...
07:00 2019-08-17

The New Soundboks is a massive, pro-level, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker The New Soundboks is impressive. It has everything: a sturdy housing, Bluetooth, large battery, XLR-inputs and several methods to connect multiple Soundboks. Indoor or out, the New Soundboks sounds great. The Soundboks isn’t shy. It’s an extrovert. This speaker will stand tall among strangers and be...
04:39 2019-08-17

The Google Assistant now lets you annoy your family members with assignable reminders Do you sometimes have to nag your significant other to take out the trash on Monday night? Now, you can do so in a more passive-aggressive way by sending them a reminder through the Google Assistant instead of in person. “Hey Google, remind Alex to take out the trash at 8pm,” is all it takes. ...
04:39 2019-08-17

These robo-shorts are the precursor to a true soft exoskeleton When someone says “robotic exoskeleton,” the power loaders from Aliens are what come to mind for most people (or at least me), but the real things will be much different: softer, smarter and used for much more ordinary tasks. The latest such exo from Harvard is so low-profile you could w...
04:39 2019-08-17

Toolkit for digital abuse could help victims protect themselves Domestic abuse comes in digital forms as well as physical and emotional, but a lack of tools to address this kind of behavior leaves many victims unprotected and desperate for help. This Cornell project aims to define and detect digital abuse in a systematic way. Digital abuse may be many things: ha...
04:39 2019-08-17

Flexible stick-on sensors could wirelessly monitor your sweat and pulse As people strive ever harder to minutely quantify every action they do, the sensors that monitor those actions are growing lighter and less invasive. Two prototype sensors from crosstown rivals Stanford and Berkeley stick right to the skin and provide a wealth of physiological data. Stanford’s...
04:39 2019-08-17

Turning the Nintendo Switch into Android’s best gaming hardware Enlarge / Android on the Nintendo Switch. Just think of all the Nintendo apps you're missing out on. The Nintendo Switch is, basically, a game console made out of smartphone parts. The quad-core Nvidia Tegra X1 ARM SoC would be right at home in a smartphone or tablet, along with the 4GB of RAM, ...
13:26 2019-08-16

Huawei’s futuristic foldable smartphone gets delayed for a second time The Huawei Mate X uses one big wraparound display made by BOE. [credit: Huawei ] Samsung isn't the only company having trouble launching a foldable smartphone. Samsung's main foldable compe...
13:26 2019-08-16

Microsoft bucks trend, maintains contractor reviews of voice recording Cortana integration lets Windows Phone users speak to the new Band. A wave of privacy scandals has led several major companies to end or pause their programs for human reviews of voice recordings. But Microsoft has bucked the trend. Last week, a whistleblower went to the press to reveal that Micr...
13:26 2019-08-16

Apple will unveil new iPhones on September 10, leak suggests Apple revealed the iPhone XS at a similar event on September 12, 2018. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Apple released the seventh beta of iOS 13 today, and that release contained image files that seem to indicate that Apple will hold its next big iPhone unveiling event on September 10, 2019. A scree...
13:26 2019-08-16

FAA tells airlines MacBook Pros with defective batteries can’t fly The 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) The Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain 15-inch MacBook Pros with potentially defective batteries from US flights. The move, which follows Apple's June recall announcement, is part of a general FAA policy on devices wi...
01:26 2019-08-15

British Airways testing VR headsets for first-class passengers this year Enlarge / Ars editor Sam Machkovech donning an Oculus Go headset. This isn't the headset British Airways will use, but it serves a similar function. (credit: Sam Machkovech) Plane travel can be a hassle at best and a panic-inducing experience at worst. But passengers who get anxious around takeoff...
01:26 2019-08-15

Oru’s new foldable kayak weighs under 20 lbs and assembles in just 2 minutes California-based kayak maker Oru has built a great brand on the strength of its origami-inspired folding kayaks, and now it’s launching its lightest and most portable model yet with a new Kickstarter project. The Oru Inlet miraculously packs up to the size of a suitcase, weights less than 20 p...
20:13 2019-08-14

$600M Cray supercomputer will tower above the rest — to build better nukes Cray has been commissioned by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to create a supercomputer head and shoulders above all the rest, with the contract valued at some $600 million. Disappointingly, El Capitan, as the system will be called, will be more or less solely dedicated to redesigning our nu...
00:39 2019-08-14

The ClockworkPi GameShell is a super fun DIY spin on portable gaming Portable consoles are hardly new, and thanks to the Switch, they’re basically the most popular gaming devices in the world. But ClockworkPi’s GameShell is something totally unique, and entirely refreshing when it comes to gaming on the go. This clever DIY console kit provides everything ...
00:39 2019-08-14

Xiaomi tops Indian smartphone market for eighth straight quarter Xiaomi has now been India’s top smartphone seller for eight straight quarters. The company has become a constant headache for Samsung in the world’s second largest smartphone market as sales have slowed pretty much everywhere else in the world. The Chinese electronics giant shipped 10.4...
00:39 2019-08-14

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac moves to Metal for DirectX 11 and more Parallels Desktop 15 running Windows 7 and 10. [credit: Parallels ] Today, popular virtualization software Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac becomes available to new and current users. The flags...
22:26 2019-08-13

Owners of defective 2016 Google Pixels can now claim up to $500 Enlarge / Get paid for your defective Google microphones. Back in May, Google settled the defective Pixel 1 lawsuit brought against it in 2018 for $7.25 million, and now owners can file a claim at a new Pixel Settlement website. Owners of a first-generation Pixel could get up to $500 if they bou...
22:26 2019-08-13

Snap introduces Spectacles 3, with two HD cameras and 3D effects on Snapchat Snap has introduced a third generation of its Spectacles wearable sunglass cameras, and these include new 3D effects for use in Snapchat. You can capture 3D snaps, with a slight side-to-side depth effect thanks to dual angle cameras; 3D filters, which add AR graphics effects to captured video; 3D le...
15:13 2019-08-13

SNES controller for Switch shows up in FCC filing, hinting at SNES games for Nintendo Online Nintendo looks set to release wireless SNES controllers for the Nintendo Switch, which likely means it’ll also be bringing classic SNES titles to its Nintendo Online virtual gaming library. The news comes via an FCC filing (hat tip to Eurogamer) , which includes a diagram of what looks very c...
14:52 2019-08-13

Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program Enlarge / Microsoft at a trade show. (credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan) Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been availab...
03:13 2019-08-13

Tesla explodes after crash on Russian highway A Tesla vehicle involved in a collision burst into flames and exploded on a highway near Moscow last night, local media reported. The occupants were slightly injured, but the car is toast. The model of the car is not clear from reporting, but seems to be either a Model S or Model 3. It was being dri...
23:00 2019-08-11

A detailed look at AMD’s new Epyc “Rome” 7nm server CPUs It feels a little strange to just agree with a headline slide in a product demo, but we can't find the lie here. [credit: AMD ] When AMD debuted the 7nm Ryzen 3000 series desktop CPUs, they ...
08:39 2019-08-10

Apple is now selling the AirPower, basically, only it’s not made by Apple The mophie 3-in-1 mat with AirPods, an Apple Watch, and an iPhone on it. [credit: Apple ] Remember AirPower? You'd be forgiven if the answer is "no." In 2017, Apple introduced a Qi wireless ...
08:39 2019-08-10

Huawei announces its first operating system, HarmonyOS Enlarge Ever since the Trump administration's export ban on Huawei threatened the company's Android phones, Huawei has been making claims that it didn't really need Android and could start its own operating system if it needed to. Today, Huawei's saber-rattling reached a new volume with the annou...
08:39 2019-08-10

Apple updates multiport adapter with support for 4K HDR video Enlarge / The 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro—it looks just like last year's model. (credit: Samuel Axon) After Apple streamlined the types of ports on its hardware, having adapters remains a necessary evil. For now, at least the company has made a notable quality-of-life improvement to one of its AV don...
08:39 2019-08-10

Samsung’s Bixby speaker, announced one year ago today, still hasn’t launched The Samsung Galaxy Home is Samsung's long-rumored Bixby smart speaker. [credit: Samsung ] Happy one-year anniversary, I guess, to the Samsung Galaxy Home, which was announced a year ago toda...
18:26 2019-08-09

A Boeing code leak exposes security flaws deep in a 787’s guts Enlarge / American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft with registration N818AL landing at Athens International Airport. (credit: Nur Photo | Getty Images) Late one night last September, security researcher Ruben Santamarta sat in his home office in Madrid and partook in some creative googli...
18:26 2019-08-09

Microsoft contractors hear phone sex and more while reviewing Cortana, Skype audio Long-press the Action button to bring up Cortana. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Here we go again. It's Microsoft's turn in the spotlight thanks to a new report about the company's practices for reviewing and improving its AI. With today's news, nearly every company operating a major voice assistan...
04:52 2019-08-09

This charming little camera prints instantly to receipt paper I’m a big instant camera fan, but the film is expensive and the digital printers just aren’t very good. So I was delighted to see this alternative seeking funds on Kickstarter: the Alulu camera, which prints photos in black and white on receipt paper. Why did no one do this before? The i...
02:26 2019-08-09

Google Pixel 4 will reportedly jump on the 90Hz display bandwagon OnLeaks' Pixel 4 XL render. The notch is gone, and so is the bottom front speaker. [credit: @OnLeaks x Pricebaba ] The Pixel 4 rumor season never stops, even if Samsung is having a major sm...
23:52 2019-08-08

Galaxy Note10 hands-on: Samsung falls behind the competition The Galaxy Note10. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] NEW YORK CITY—Samsung showed off its next flagship smartphone last night: the Galaxy Note10. It comes in two variants—large (the Note10) and larger ...
23:52 2019-08-08

Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthy of replacing your favorite timepiece Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 2. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Update: Our Smartwatch Guidemaster was originally published in February 2018. But we've been testing the newest smartwatches ahead of fall back-to-school and tech event season, so we've now updated our recommendations to include some of ...
23:52 2019-08-08

Apple locks new iPhone batteries to prevent third-party repair, report says Enlarge (credit: SOPA Images | Getty) If your new iPhone needs a new battery anytime soon, you may not want to bother replacing it yourself or heading to your local third-party shop. Thanks to a change on Apple's part, you'll be basically left with a permanent warning message if you do. iFixit rep...
23:52 2019-08-08

Google Maps AR Navigation comes to iPhones and Android devices Google Maps AR, in action. [credit: The Wall Street Journal ] Google Maps is finally rolling out its augmented reality walking navigation to a wider audience. The feature was announced at ...
23:52 2019-08-08

Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1—a notable redesign—goes on sale today The updated Dell XPS 13 two-in-one with its new 16:10 display. [credit: Valentina Palladino ] Today, Dell began taking orders in the US for the new 2019 version of the XPS 13 two-in-one conv...
23:52 2019-08-08

Trump administration bans federal agencies from buying Huawei, ZTE tech The Trump administration has banned U.S. federal agencies from buying equipment and obtaining services from Huawei and two other companies as part of the government’s latest crackdown on Chinese technology amid national security fears. Jacob Wood, a spokesperson for the White House’s Off...
13:00 2019-08-08

The Galaxy Note 10 launches with the biggest display of the year The Galaxy Note 10. Complete with S-Pen. NEW YORK—Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 10. As usual, this is a device that is close in design and specs to the Galaxy S device released early this year, but with some mid-cycle upgrades...
04:00 2019-08-08

Samsung’s new Galaxy Book S laptop is built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx The Samsung Galaxy Book S. [credit: Samsung ] Samsung unveiled a new laptop today. Driven by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx ARM processor, the Galaxy Book S is a Windows 10 laptop that promises ...
04:00 2019-08-08

MSDN Magazine will publish its last issue, ending a Microsoft developer era Enlarge / MSDN Magazine's heyday fell firmly in the era of Windows XP Professional. (credit: Jeff Christensen / ContributorChristensen/WireImage) It's the end of an era, albeit an era you probably already thought had ended. Microsoft announced this week that it will discontinue the publication of ...
20:26 2019-08-07

Google releases the 6th and final beta for Android Q Enlarge / Android Development: It can be a messy process. (credit: Google) We are quickly approaching launch day for Android Q, Google's 29th release of Android. At some point in the near future we should see a statue-unveiling, official confirmation that this is "Android 10," and the highly anti...
20:00 2019-08-07

Apple’s innovative virtual credit card is now available—but only to some people The Apple Card is first and foremost a virtual card—meaning you make contactless or online payments using your phone or other supported Apple device. [credit: Apple ] Apple Card, the tech g...
02:13 2019-08-07

iOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps Apple's Craig Federighi unveils iOS 13 at WWDC 2019. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica) Privacy has been a renewed focus with Apple’s next operating system update. One new feature in iOS 13 that seems centered on user privacy could have sweeping consequences for messaging and online call apps. In...
02:13 2019-08-07

Google publishes sustainability plan for hardware, but its impact is uncertain Enlarge / Mountain View, Calif.—May 21, 2018: Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters of Google and parent company Alphabet. (credit: Getty Images | zphotos) Google says it is embarking on new plans to make its hardware greener. Anna Meegan, head of sustainability for co...
04:39 2019-08-06

Apple isn’t the most cash-rich company in the world anymore, but it doesn’t matter Google co-founder Larry Page is now CEO of Alphabet. (credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) You've probably heard it before: Apple has more money in the bank than any other corporation on Earth, thanks to huge profit margins on its products and a run over nearly two decades leading in the consum...
04:39 2019-08-06

On second attempt, hoverboard inventor successfully crosses Channel Following a failed attempt in July, French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the Channel on top of a hoverboard this weekend. Starting his trek in Sangatte in northern France, the journey took 20 minutes, before landing in St. Margaret’s Bay, England. “For the last five to six kilome...
21:26 2019-08-05

Polar Ignite review: Clever fitness perks marred by too many compromises Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Polar has had some catching up to do in the smartwatch space as Fitbit, Garmin, and Apple continuously improve upon and release new products. Polar has always had solid wearable options for serious athletes, but now the new Ignite smartwatch wants to reach a w...
18:26 2019-08-03

Amazon to kill Dash button functions on August 31—you have a month to hack yours Enlarge / RIP, Amazon Dash. (credit: Amazon / Sam Machkovech) Amazon's four-year dalliance with plastic "BUY! BUY! BUY!" buttons appears to finally be coming to a close. The Amazon Dash line of physical, Internet-connected buttons, which allowed customers to purchase (usually for around $5 a pop) ...
21:13 2019-08-02

Google confirms “Play Pass” subscription service for Android apps The Google Play Pass Promo. [credit: Android Police ] Google is testing a new "Play Pass" subscription service for the Google Play Store. The company confirmed testing of the new service t...
19:26 2019-08-02

Intel reveals final details on Ice Lake mobile CPUs Enlarge / This is a 10th-Gen Intel Core processor, code named Ice Lake. Ice Lake uses Intel's new 10nm process and offers more IPC (Instructions Per Clock) as well as greatly improved integrated graphics as compared to earlier models. (credit: Intel) Yesterday, Intel launched its new 10nm Ice Lake...
19:26 2019-08-02

Apple releases macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update to fix sleeping Macs Enlarge / The 2018 MacBook Pro. It was just over a week ago that Apple released macOS 10.14.6, but the company has already pushed out a Supplemental Update. Released today, the update fixes a heretofore not-widely-known issue involving sleep mode on Macs. It seems at least some Macs have failed t...
04:52 2019-08-02

The Samsung Galaxy Dongle This, friends, is the Samsung Galaxy Dongle. The NSFW photo arrives courtesy of SamMobile. The story isn’t the image itself, so much as what it represents. It’s the end of an era. A last key flagship smartphone maker acknowledging the death of the 3.5-mm jack. It’s been years in the making, o...
04:39 2019-08-02

Ikea’s Sonos Symfonisk speakers are available starting today The somewhat zany mash-up of Ikea and Sonos ended up providing great results, in the form of the Symfonisk line of wireless speakers, including the $99 Symfonisk shelf speakers and the $179 Symfonisk table lamp speaker. The speakers are both on sale today, starting at retail stores first, with onli...
04:39 2019-08-02

Watch a Tesla Model 3 play chess against the top-ranked player in the US Tesla cars can now take on human players in a game of chess, thanks to a software update it pushed out to vehicles last month. Its programmers likely didn’t imagine they were designing a chess program to take on the best players in the world, however: U.S. No. 1 ranked chess player Fabiano Ca...
04:39 2019-08-02

Apple hones its focus on services with new TV deals for AirPlay 2, HomeKit Enlarge / Apple will replace iTunes with Music, Podcasts, and TV on Mac. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Apple’s AirPlay 2 is coming to more television models. Both Vizio and LG have announced plans to roll out support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. These moves will offer more households the option to wirelessly...
00:52 2019-08-02

Ars reviews three cell signal boosters—and they actually work Enlarge / This Cel-Fi Pro coverage unit is in my downstairs den, receiving LTE signal from the network unit upstairs in my living room. (credit: Jim Salter) I've spent a lot of time talking about how Wi-Fi works and reviewing various products aimed at fixing Wi-Fi dead spots. But today, in our inc...
15:13 2019-08-01

Calling all hardware startups! Apply to Hardware Battlefield @ TC Shenzhen Got hardware? Well then, listen up, because our search continues for boundary-pushing, early-stage hardware startups to join us in Shenzhen, China for an epic opportunity; launch your startup on a global stage and compete in Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen on November 11-12. Apply here to compet...
09:01 2019-08-01

Cryptographic ICE Cube tests orbital cybersecurity protocols aboard the ISS Encryption in space can be tricky. Even if you do everything right, a cosmic ray might come along and flip a bit, sabotaging the whole secure protocol. So if you can’t radiation-harden the computer, what can you do? European Space Agency researchers are testing solutions right now in an experi...
06:13 2019-08-01

Samsung won’t let Android tablets die, announces the Galaxy Tab S6 The Galaxy Tab S6 with keyboard case. Samsung is still not giving up on the Android tablet market. Today the company announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, its latest high-end tablet, for $649. The Samsung Tab S6 features a 10.5-inch 2560×1600 OLED display, a ...
23:52 2019-07-31

Guidemaster: Ars tested and found the best USB-C accessories you can get now Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) The transition to USB-C hasn't been smooth or swift, but that won't matter when you need to upgrade accessories to fit your new USB-C computer. OEMs started forcing users into the USB-C world by making their flagship laptops and tablets USB-C only. And while U...
20:13 2019-07-31

Samsung details Galaxy Fold fixes, promises re-launch in September The (new and improved) Galaxy Fold. [credit: Samsung ] The April launch of Samsung's futuristic foldable phone was cancelled at the last minute after devices started dying in the hands of e...
20:13 2019-07-31

Apple acquires Intel’s 5G smartphone modem business for $1 billion Enlarge / From left to right: the iPhone 8, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple today announced that it will acquire the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion. The acquisition will bring 2,200 Intel employees under Apple's umbrell...
20:13 2019-07-31

HP Envy 13 mini-review: Spectre fans, meet your budget option Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) We give a lot of attention to flagship PC families—and for good reason. Devices like the Dell XPS 13 and HP's Spectre 13 often get new technologies and design perks before other lineups in the OEM's portfolio. That remains true, but Dell, Lenovo, HP, and other...
20:13 2019-07-31

15-inch MacBook Pro mini-review: How much does Apple’s fastest laptop offer? The 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro—it looks just like last year's model. [credit: Samuel Axon ] For the longest time, one of my main frustrations with the 15-inch MacBook Pro has been that you cou...
20:13 2019-07-31

Google announces the Pixel 4 will have FaceID, radar-powered gestures Google's new diagram of the Pixel 4. There's FaceID and Soli technology in there. After showing off the back of the Pixel 4 in June, Google is again taking the unprecedented step of publicly detailing an unreleased smartphone. The newest post on the company ...
20:13 2019-07-31

Soon you’ll be able to watch PBS on YouTube Enlarge / PBS, the United States' public TV service, focuses on educational content, dramas, and children's programming, among other things. (credit: PBS) PBS and YouTube have announced that PBS and PBS Kids will join YouTube TV’s channel roster. The two partners made the announcement this week at...
20:13 2019-07-31

Samsung to unpack new Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Watch over the next week Enlarge / Samsung teased two new devices to debut ahead of its Unpacked conference. (credit: Samsung) Samsung has opted to release some new hardware ahead of its Unpacked conference next week. A shadowy teaser video gives launch dates for two new products: a tablet and a smartwatch. The tablet is ...
20:13 2019-07-31

Virtually every Apple business grew in every region this quarter—except the iPhone Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Today, Apple reported its Q3 2019 earnings to investors. Overall revenue is up 1% over the same quarter last year, reaching $53.8 billion. Apple CEO Tim Cook framed the report to investors as "a blowout quarter" f...
20:13 2019-07-31

Android Auto’s biggest upgrade ever is finally rolling out The new Android Auto. The big change is the system bar at the bottom, which can now show tiny app controls. Here are music controls. [credit: Google ] Earlier this year at Google I/O, Goog...
20:13 2019-07-31

Sonos and Ikea’s Symfonisk wireless speakers are a symphony of sound and design Sonos and Ikea’s Symfonisk collaboration took a lot of people by surprise when it was announced earlier this year, but the match-up is less unlikely than it might appear at first glance. Ikea’s entire mission has been delivering practical, quality design concepts at price points that ar...
18:26 2019-07-31

Apple could gradually switch to new laptop keyboard mechanism starting this fall Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities has released a new report, as Apple Insider spotted. I’ve read the report and it focuses specifically on keyboard suppliers that would potentially work with Apple . And the company should potentially replace the unreliable butterfly mec...
18:26 2019-07-31

Old-school Doom and its sequels come to Switch, Xbox One and PS4 Thinking about what to do this weekend? Think no more. Doom, Doom II and Doom 3 have all just appeared on the Switch, Xbox One and PS4, giving you no excuse not to play these classics. All the time. Over and over. Rip and tear! The announcement was made at QuakeCon 2019, the annual gathering of slay...
18:26 2019-07-31

How Microsoft turns an obsession with detail into micron-optimized keyboards Nestled among the many indistinguishable buildings of Microsoft’s Redmond campus, a multi-disciplinary team sharing an attention to detail that borders on fanatical is designing a keyboard… again and again and again. And one more time for good measure. Their dogged and ever-evolving ded...
18:26 2019-07-31

Siri recordings ‘regularly’ sent to Apple contractors for analysis, claims whistleblower Apple has joined the dubious company of Google and Amazon in secretly sharing with contractors audio recordings of its users, confirming the practice to The Guardian after a whistleblower brought it to the outlet. The person said that Siri queries are routinely sent to human listeners for closer an...
18:26 2019-07-31

Report claims all three new iPhones planned for 2020 will support 5G Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — sometimes described as “the most accurate Apple analyst in the world” — has written a new note to investors saying that the three iPhones expected to launch in 2020 will feature support for 5G. In previous Kuo reports, it’s said the 2020 iPhones could be available in ne...
18:26 2019-07-31

Google’s Pixel 4 smartphone will have motion control and face unlock Google’s Pixel 4 is coming out later this year, and it’s getting the long-reveal treatment thanks to a decision this year from Google to go ahead and spill some of the beans early, rather than saving everything for one big, final unveiling closer to availability. A new video posted by ...
18:26 2019-07-31

Tesseract makes spacecraft propulsion smaller, greener, stronger Launch vehicles and their enormous rocket engines tend to receive the lion’s share of attention when it comes to space-related propulsion, but launch only takes you to the edge of space — and space is a big place. Tesseract has engineered a new rocket for spacecraft that’s not only small...
18:26 2019-07-31

Analogue’s Mega Sg is the Sega Genesis Mini alternative for the discerning retro gaming fan The official Sega Genesis Mini is coming in September and hopes to capitalize on some of the retro gaming hype that turned the Super Nintendo and NES Mini Classic editions into best-sellers. But there’s already a modern piece of hardware out there capable of playing Sega Genesis games on you...
18:26 2019-07-31

China’s Vivo is eyeing smartphone users in Africa and the Middle East Africa’s mobile phone industry has in recent times been dominated by Transsion, a Shenzhen-based company that is little known outside the African continent and is gearing up for an initial public offering in China. Now, its Chinese peer Vivo is following its shadow to this burgeoning part of t...
18:26 2019-07-31

DJI aims for the best first-person drone experience with new goggles, controller and more New gear from DJI will equip you with everything you need to become the best first-person drone racer that’s ever graced the Earth – you’ll be the Anakin Skywalker of FPV drone races. The company is launching a new suite of products specifically to make the most of Digital First Person ...
18:26 2019-07-31

Sex tech companies and advocates protest unfair ad standards outside Facebook’s NY HQ A group of sex tech startup founders, employees and supporters gathered outside of Facebook’s NY office in Manhattan to protest its advertising policies with respect to what it classifies as sexual content. The protest, and a companion website detailing their position we reported on Tuesday, a...
18:26 2019-07-31

Occipital’s Structure Sensor Mark II is a smaller and much improved 3D scanner for your iPad Back in 2013, Occipital (a company then best known for making the RedLaser barcode scanning app) released the Structure Sensor, a device that turned any iPad you strapped it to into a portable 3D scanner. Six years later, they’re back with the next one: Structure Sensor Mark II. It’s ab...
00:01 2019-07-25

Red founder blames manufacturing partner for its smartphone failures The Red phone. It's scary-looking. The high-end camera maker Red jumped into the smartphone market in late 2018 with the launch of the Red Hydrogen One. The $1,300 phone was certainly unique, featuring Red's trademark industrial design, moulded finger grips ...
22:39 2019-07-24

Tile finds another $45M to expand its item-tracking devices and platform Tile — the company that makes popular square-shaped tags and other technology to help people keep track of physical belongings like keys and bags — has made more recent moves to link up with chipmakers, helping it expand to wireless headsets and other electronic and other connected items...
21:13 2019-07-24

Leaks reveal a trio of iPhone 11 releases to come from Apple this fall Enlarge / A large, looming Apple logo. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Apple often introduces a new wave of hardware at its fall event, and this year the company seems to be preparing a fresh trio of iPhones. The new models will be powered by Apple’s A13 chip and will still ...
00:39 2019-07-24

How Axis went from concept to shipping its Gear smart blinds hardware Axis is selling its first product, the Axis Gear, on Amazon and direct from its own website, but that’s a relatively recent development for the four-year-old company. The idea for Gear, which is a $249.00 ($179.00 as of this writing thanks to a sale) aftermarket conversion gadget to turn almos...
23:00 2019-07-23

Nvidia RTX 2080 Super hands-on: The result when AMD is out of striking distance It's neither bird nor plane, but rather a new RTX Super GPU from Nvidia. Behold: the RTX 2080 Super, shipping as of today. [credit: Nvidia ] Earlier this month, Nvidia kicked a stool out fro...
21:26 2019-07-23

Apple closes in on $1 billion deal to buy Intel’s modem business: report Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Apple is in the final stages of negotiations to buy the bulk of Intel's modem chip business, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal says the deal, valued at $1 billion or more, could be finalized in the next...
21:26 2019-07-23

Freedom Robotics raises $6.6M to take the hassle out of founding a robotics startup After years — decades even — of promises, the robotics industry is finally beginning to realize its potential. Nowhere is this phenomenon clearer than in the world of warehouse automation. Freedom Robotics, a new Bay Area-based startup, came out of stealth this week with plans to help ease the barri...
16:52 2019-07-23

TwelveSouth’s StayGo is the last USB-C dock you’ll ever need The TwelveSouth StayGo is a new USB-C dock from a company that makes a ton of great and unique Mac and iOS device accessories. True to the company’s track record, it offers a slightly different take on a popular accessory category – and ends up excelling as a result. The StayGo’s unique ...
16:52 2019-07-23

LG says smart TVs will gain AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support next week In addition to Samsung and Vizio, LG announced earlier this year that it would be adding support for Apple’s ecosystem to its TV operating system. According to a tweet from LG’s Australian account, the webOS update that adds support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 will be released next week. Homekit is...
16:52 2019-07-23

Apple releases iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, macOS 10.14.6, and more Enlarge / The Apple Watch series 4 running watchOS 5. (credit: Valentina Palladino) As it often does, Apple has released updates for all of its device operating systems at once. iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, macOS 10.14.6, and tvOS 12.4 all arrive on supporting devices today. iOS 12.4's tentpole feature ...
08:13 2019-07-23

The PureCam Connected Car Security System is a dashcam with extras Thanks to a rash of YouTube videos of traffic stops, wild crashes and wacky antics, dashcams are becoming more and more popular with drivers. But does the world need one that shoots at 1080p and beams every minute of your drive back to a central storage device and can work as a Wi-Fi hotspot? PureGe...
01:01 2019-07-23

Original Apollo 11 landing videotapes sell for $1.8M VCRs didn’t really exist when the first men walked on the moon, but NASA was ahead of the curve and recorded the event for posterity on videotapes — which just sold at auction for $1.8 million. The Hasselblads may have captured more detail, but there’s nothing else in the world quite li...
01:01 2019-07-23

Asus’ ROG Phone II features a 120Hz display, a new SoC, and a giant battery The ROG Phone 2. It looks a lot like the ROG Phone 1. [credit: Asus ] Asus is still trying to make gaming phones a thing with the release of the Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) Phone II. Just...
21:39 2019-07-22

Apple releases iOS 12.4 with software support for Apple Card While iOS 13 is right around the corner with a ton of new features, it isn’t quite ready just yet. Apple has just released iOS 12.4, a new stable update. There aren’t many radical changes, but this is the first version that supports the Apple Card. Apple has been testing its credit card for a...
19:13 2019-07-22

Can Disney’s Circle really deliver a porn-free Internet? Enlarge / Can the Mouse keep your house safe from the sketchy parts of the Internet? (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) Filtering out the bits of human knowledge you don't like and leaving all the bits you do is a deceptively difficult task; it's one of the classic "I may not know art, but I know wha...
18:13 2019-07-21

Netflix lost US subscribers in Q2 over price hikes; how can it win them back? Enlarge / Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. (credit: re:publica) If you’ve been grumbling about the rising cost of your Netflix account, it seems you’re not alone. Netflix shared its second-quarter financial results and the company indicated that higher prices may have led to dips in the platform’s subsc...
05:26 2019-07-20

Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is about to burn up over the Pacific The final hours for China’s Tiangong-2 space station are at hand, as the 8-ton piece of hardware will fall to earth, or rather sea, some time in the next 20 hours or so in a controlled deorbit manuever.  But unlike with its predecessor, it isn’t a mystery where this particular piece of s...
06:13 2019-07-19

Dropbox silently installs new file manager app on users’ systems [Updated] This is what Dropbox looks like now. It used to be a folder, now it's a file manager. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] Update 4:06pm ET: Dropbox says this was a mistake. "We recently announced a new d...
01:39 2019-07-19

Microsoft closes fiscal 2019 with revenue spikes driven by cloud services Enlarge / Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, speaks at the Microsoft Annual Shareholders Meeting in Bellevue, Washington, on November 30, 2016. (credit: Jason Redmond / Getty Images) Microsoft has reported its financial results for the final quarter of the 2019 fiscal year. The tech giant saw notab...
01:39 2019-07-19

Xiaomi’s Mi A3 brings stock Android, OLED display for €249 The Xiaomi Mi A3. [credit: Xiaomi ] Today Xiaomi announced the Xiaomi Mi A3, the latest phone in its "A" line. In the past, Xiaomi's A line has been a good bet if you're looking for a midra...
00:00 2019-07-18

Nexar’s Live Map is like Street View with pictures from 5 minutes ago We all rely on maps to get where we’re going or investigate a neighborhood for potential brunch places, but the data we’re looking at is often old, vague, or both. Nexar, maker of dashcam apps and cameras, aims to put fresh and specific data on your map with images from the street taken...
16:52 2019-07-17

Nintendo introduces a Switch model refresh with better battery life Nintendo already announced an entirely new Switch console this month, the Switch Lite, and now it’s bumping some of the specs on the existing Switch with a slightly updated version, spotted by The Verge. This update improves the hardware right where it counts when it comes to Switch portable ...
16:52 2019-07-17

Apple is planning to buy up original podcasts with exclusivity in mind Enlarge / Apple will replace iTunes with Music, Podcasts, and TV on Mac. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Podcast fans will want to keep their ears to the ground with the latest Apple news. Bloomberg reported that Apple may be looking for deals to bring exclusive original shows to its podcast-listening platfo...
03:52 2019-07-17

Dealmaster: Amazon Prime Day deals you can snag for under $50 Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) This year's Amazon Prime Day event is slowing down, but there are still dozens of deals available that are worth checking out. Though Amazon is still pushing lots of nonsense, Prime Day offers some genuinely good deals on luxury and expensive items—think lapto...
22:13 2019-07-16

The $139 Nokia 2.2 brings back the removable battery The Nokia 2.2. [credit: Nokia ] How cheap do you like your smartphones? HMD is bringing the latest version of the Nokia 2 to the US, called the "Nokia 2.2." It's $139 and currently for sal...
22:13 2019-07-16

Voyant Photonics raises $4.3M to fit lidar on the head of a pin Lidar is a critical method by which robots and autonomous vehicles sense the world around them, but the lasers and sensors generally take up a considerable amount of space. Not so with Voyant Photonics, which has created a lidar system that you really could conceivably balance on the head of a pin. ...
20:00 2019-07-16

Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 MP full-frame mirrorless beast Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digital shooter aimed at pros. The new camera packs a walloping 61-megapixel sensor, and will retail for $3,500 when it goes on sale this September. The ca...
18:00 2019-07-16

Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 tech deals we can find Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Greetings, Arsians! Your friendly neighborhood Dealmaster is back and reporting for bargain-hunting duty—and boy, is he going to need some extra coffee. That's because today marks the start of Amazon Prime Day 2019, the increasingly misnamed sales event that sees the...
20:13 2019-07-15

The Snapdragon 855 is getting an upgrade to the Snapdragon 855+ Enlarge Today Qualcomm announced a mid-cycle upgrade for the Snapdragon 855, called the "Snapdragon 855+." As a mid-cycle upgrade, there aren't huge changes here. It's still an eight-core, 7nm SoC, but the CPU and GPU are a bit faster thanks to higher clock speeds. First up: the CPU, which sees t...
20:13 2019-07-15

Hero Labs raises £2.5M for its ultrasonic device to monitor a property’s water use and prevent leaks Hero Labs, a London-based startup that is developing “smart” technology to help prevent water leaks in U.K. properties, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The round is led by Earthworm Group, an environmental fund manager, with further support via a £300,000 EU innovation grant and...
17:00 2019-07-15

Petcube’s Bites 2 and Play 2 amuse pets and humans alike with Alexa built-in Petcube’s original Bites smart treat dispenser and Play pet camera with a built-in laser pointer were great for pet parents who couldn’t always be around to hang out with their furry charges, but the new Bites 2 and Play 2 come with one big new upgrade that make them far more versatile ...
17:00 2019-07-15

Dealmaster: Amazon discounts almost its entire product lineup for Prime Day 2019 Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Prime Day is nearly upon us, and Amazon has already pushed out a bunch of deals on its own devices. Like Prime Days past, Amazon has discounted most of its devices and services in the hopes that more people will take the plunge and try Echo speakers or other A...
02:52 2019-07-15

These robo-ants can work together in swarms to navigate tricky terrain While the agility of a Spot or Atlas robot is something to behold, there’s a special merit reserved for tiny, simple robots that work not as a versatile individual but as an adaptable group. These “tribots” are built on the model of ants, and like them can work together to overcome...
05:52 2019-07-13

Archinaut snags $73 million in NASA funding to 3D-print giant spacecraft parts in orbit A project to 3D-print bulky components in space rather than bring them up there has collected a $73.7 million contract from NASA to demonstrate the technique in space. Archinaut, a mission now several years in development from Made In Space, could launch as soon as 2022. The problem at hand is this:...
05:52 2019-07-13

OurPact returns to App Store, reviving debates about Apple’s impartiality Tim Cook on stage during an Apple event in September 2018. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Software may come and go from the App Store, but this week marks a return that could have some real significance for Apple. OurPact, an app that lets parents monitor and limit their children's use of technolo...
03:00 2019-07-13

The latest barrier to 5G speeds? The summer Enlarge / 5G is here, but that doesn't mean you have to buy into it. Thermal throttling is a fact of life for smartphones. SoCs generate a lot of heat, and when this heat can't be dissipated, processors react by slowing down and thereby generating less heat. Usually this is just an issue for heav...
21:39 2019-07-12

Teardowns and benchmarks: All the details about Apple’s newest 13-inch MacBook Pro The 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, torn down. [credit: iFixit ] As is tradition, repair guide site and parts vendor iFixit tore down the latest Mac to see what's differen...
21:39 2019-07-12

Amazon Music Unlimited is growing faster than Apple Music or Spotify, report says Enlarge / An Amazon Echo smart speaker. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Amazon grew its Music Unlimited streaming service by more than 70% in the past year, according to data by Midia Research published by the Financial Times. The service currently has approximately 32 million subscri...
15:52 2019-07-12

Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of device of Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The speaker should be released sometime next year, according to the sources cited in the report, and will...
15:39 2019-07-12

Amazon reportedly ramps development on Alexa-powered home robot on wheels Bloomberg reported last April that Amazon was working on a home robot codenamed ‘Vesta’ (after the Roman goddess of the hearth and home) last year, and now the publication says that development on the project continues. Plus, the report includes new details about the specifics of the rob...
15:39 2019-07-12

Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack Enlarge / A Microsoft office (not to be confused with Microsoft Office). (credit: Julien GONG Min / Flickr) Microsoft Teams may have only been around for two years, but the group-chat platform is already larger than one of its main competitors. Microsoft announced that Teams has more than 13 milli...
02:26 2019-07-12

‘World’s first Bluetooth hair straighteners’ can be easily hacked Here’s a thing that should have never been a thing: Bluetooth-connected hair straighteners. Glamoriser, a U.K. firm that bills itself as the maker of the “world’s first Bluetooth hair straighteners,” allows users to link the device to an app, which lets the owner set certain ...
23:26 2019-07-11

Luminar eyes production vehicles with $100M round and new Iris lidar platform Luminar is one of the major players in the new crop of lidar companies that have sprung up all over the world, and it’s moving fast to outpace its peers. Today the company announced a new $100 million funding round, bringing its total raised to more than $250 million — as well as a perception...
23:26 2019-07-11

DeepMind AI is secretly lurking on the public StarCraft II 1v1 ladder Enlarge (credit: Blizzard) Google's DeepMind is making its state-of-the-art AI play StarCraft II again. We previously saw the AI, called "AlphaStar," take on pro StarCraft II players in show matches, but now AlphaStar is ready to take on the public and faceroll scrubs on the 1v1 European multiplay...
21:26 2019-07-11

Official Galaxy Note 10 images leak, show off the big, boxy body The Galaxy Note 10. This is the smaller version. [credit: Ishan Agarwal ] Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy Note 10, is due just a month from now on August 7. We've already seen interpre...
18:00 2019-07-11

Android Q’s gesture navigation won’t support custom home apps at launch Enlarge (credit: Android) We don't have any Beta 5 pictures yet, but here's what the gesture navigation system looked like in earlier builds. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] ...
01:52 2019-07-11

Third parties confirm AMD’s outstanding Ryzen 3000 numbers Enlarge (credit: AMD) AMD debuted its new Ryzen 3000 desktop CPU line a few weeks ago at E3, and it looked fantastic. For the first time in 20 years, it looked like AMD could go head to head with Intel's desktop CPU line-up across the board. The question: would independent, third-party testing bac...
01:52 2019-07-11

Nintendo announces a handheld Nintendo Switch Lite for $199 Nintendo has unveiled a new Nintendo Switch called the Nintendo Switch Lite. As the name suggests, this console is a bit cheaper than the original Nintendo Switch, but it comes with a few drawbacks. The biggest difference between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Light is that you can’t c...
16:52 2019-07-10

Nintendo Switch Lite’s trade-off of whimsy for practicality is a good one Nintendo revealed a new Switch Lite version of its current-generation console today, which attaches the controllers permanently, shrinks the hardware a bit, and adds a touch more battery life – but it also takes away the ‘Switch’ part of the equation, because you can only use it handhel...
16:52 2019-07-10

Apple updates entry-level MacBook Air and Pro, discontinues MacBook Enlarge / The 2018 MacBook Air is 10% thinner than the old MacBook Air and weighs 2.75lbs. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Today, Apple refreshed much of its entry-level laptop lineup in time for a "Back to School" push that includes slashed prices for educators and students. The initiative some oth...
04:00 2019-07-10

Dropbox Transfer tests direct sharing of files up to 100GB Enlarge / Send copies of files with Dropbox Transfer. (credit: Dropbox) Dropbox is adding a new option for how its users can share files. Dropbox Transfer introduces a way to send files between people rather than simply sharing access for collaboration. Files can be dragged and dropped directly fr...
04:00 2019-07-10

Apple stops selling the 12-inch MacBook, a computer you either loved or were confused by Apple officially stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook today, a computer that hasn’t had an update since June 2017 and that is also maybe one of the most contentious Macs in Apple’s lineup. The 12-inch MacBook at one time seemed like Apple’s path forward (plenty of Apple fans and an...
23:52 2019-07-09

The Raspberry Pi 4 doesn’t work with all USB-C cables The Raspberry Pi 4 is a great little beast, but Tyler Ward identified a flaw in the USB Type-C connector. The Raspberry Pi Foundation confirmed to TechRepublic that the design flaw is real, and that your Raspberry Pi 4 might not work with all USB-C cables. It’s not really a dealbreaker, but you can ...
23:52 2019-07-09

YouTube lands on Fire TV and Amazon Prime Video arrives on Chromecast, Android TV It’s nice when people can come together and work through their differences to make it easier to watch stuff. That’s exactly what happened today, when the long-standing detente between Google and Amazon over streaming video services came to an end, with YouTube arriving on Fire TV and Pr...
23:52 2019-07-09

Raspberry Pi admits to faulty USB-C design on the Pi 4 The Raspberry Pi 4. [credit: Raspberry Pi ] The Raspberry Pi 4 was announced two weeks ago as a major new upgrade to the line of cheap single-board hobbyist computers. The Pi 4 featured a ...
18:26 2019-07-09

Microsoft releases Windows 1.11 throwback app as a Stranger Things tie-in Enlarge / Eleven and the gang face down weird dangers yet again in the third season trailer. (credit: YouTube/Netflix) If you were one of the many people confused and curious about Microsoft’s apparent time-traveling social media blitz last week, wonder no more. As several astute fans guessed, the...
06:52 2019-07-09

I updated my crusty old Pentium G-based server—the results are worth sharing Enlarge / Perhaps a dramatization of Jim Salter hearing about a Ryzen motherboard that explicitly and officially supports ECC RAM. (credit: RichVintage / Getty) An awful lot of feedback from our Winter 2019 Server Build Guide wanted to see a Hot Rod version updated with a Ryzen, AMD's big comeback...
22:39 2019-07-08

In renders, the Pixel 4 trades a giant notch for a giant forehead OnLeaks' Pixel 4 XL render. The notch is gone, and so is the bottom front speaker. [credit: @OnLeaks x Pricebaba ] When we last checked in on the Pixel 4, Google itself was leaking the devi...
22:39 2019-07-08

Guidemaster: Fitness trackers to consider before buying a smartwatch Enlarge / A different band can change the entire look of the Inspire HR. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Update: Our Fitness Tracker Guidemaster was originally published in January 2018, but we've been testing new devices to prepare for the beaches and pools of summer 2019. Our recommendations now in...
15:39 2019-07-07

Fixing the past: The art of collecting pinball machines Inside this concrete slab hides the biggest collection of the rarest pinball and electromechanical games ever made. [credit: Sam Machkovech ] Pinball is dying, if it's still alive at all. Th...
15:39 2019-07-07

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 review: Premium and practical all in one Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Dell's Inspiron line doesn't make as many headlines as the XPS line does, but that could change quickly. Over the past year or so, Dell has taken premium features that come standard in XPS machines and translated them for the Inspiron line. The company knows i...
17:00 2019-07-06

Watch a plane land itself truly autonomously for the first time A team of German researchers has created an automatic landing system for small aircraft that lets them touch down not only without a pilot, but without any of the tech on the ground that lets other planes do it. It could open up a new era of autonomous flight — and make ordinary landings safer, to b...
03:39 2019-07-06

This drone swarm spray painted a jumbo-size graffiti mural It’s Friday, so why not watch some good old-fashioned drone-powered graffiti? A design firm in Italy has put together a lovely little show that collected sketches from the art community and put them all together in a giant mural, painted over 12 hours by a team of drones. We’ve seen spra...
03:39 2019-07-06

Mario creator Miyamoto counters cloud gaming hype (but don’t count Nintendo out) Cloud gaming — however a company chooses to define that — is shaping up to be a big part of the next generation of consoles and other platforms. But Mario creator and Nintendo veteran Shigeru Miyamoto says his company won’t be so quick to jump on the bandwagon. Speaking to shareholders at Nint...
03:39 2019-07-06

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 bring noise cancellation to AirPods-style wireless earbuds Sony's latest attempt at making good noise-cancelling true wireless headphones: the WF-1000XM3. [credit: Sony ] Since launching last year, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones have been near-univer...
15:52 2019-07-05

Apple reportedly shifting to new keyboard design in 2019/2020 MacBooks Apple is set to replace the technology underlying the keyboards found in its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers, according to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac). Kuo is frequently accurate in his predictions, which are sourced from within Apple’s supply chain and te...
00:26 2019-07-05

Twelve South’s HiRise Wireless is a super versatile wireless smartphone charger Wireless charging has been a wonderful addition to mainstream flagship smartphones including the iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy lineup and Google’s Pixel phones. But there hasn’t been a really great option for bringing the benefits of wireless charging with you on the road, while keeping...
00:26 2019-07-05

This solar array expands itself at the right temperature Wouldn’t it be nice to have a solar panel that’s only there when the sun shines on it? That’s the idea behind this research project, which uses shape-shifting materials to make a solar panel grow from a compressed state to an expanded one with nothing more than a change in temperat...
00:26 2019-07-05

Behold, the most (intentionally) poorly designed website ever created You know something's wrong right away on the first page. Why does this button say "NO" instead of "YES"? And one thing you can't tell here: hovering on the thing you actually have to click ("here") doesn't change the cursor as expected. [credit: Bagaar ...
22:26 2019-07-04

FaceTime feature in iOS 13 feigns eye contact during video calls Enlarge / The cameras on iPhones are getting (selectively) smarter. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple introduced several of the headlining features of its upcoming iOS 13 during WWDC, but people playing with the closed beta version have uncovered some additional tools. One newly found addition is FaceTi...
11:39 2019-07-04

Verizon might launch three new Unlimited plans, 5G access is included for a fee Word is Big Red plans to rehash its Unlimited plans or launch three new ones very soon. Apparently, Verizon jumped the gun on its new products, but the carrier quickly removed any mention of the new plans after they were noticed by customers and taken to Reddit.The folks over at Droid-life managed t...
03:13 2019-07-04

For the first time, Apple outs the governments that asked for App Store takedowns Apple just released a treasure trove of information on app takedown requests by various governments for the second half of 2018, and the list is pretty telling. It's the first time that the company has disclosed such requests, and it all comes as part of its transparency report initiative.One would ...
00:13 2019-07-04

It's not you, it's Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp; all four are currently down Having trouble using Facebook, Facebook Messenger Instagram or WhatsApp this morning? That's no surprise to those who view DownDetector on a regular basis. The site shows that all four Facebook-owned apps are currently experiencing issues. The outages apparently started as early as 8:04 am EDT, and ...
00:13 2019-07-04

Bluetooth certification and FCC visit means Fossil Sport sequel is coming very soon A Bluetooth certification spotted by Gadgets and Wearables (via TechRadar) seems to indicate that the Fossil Sport 2 smartwatch will soon be here. The certification is dated July 1st and is for a watch made by Fossil. While the name Fossil Sport 2 isn't explicitly mentioned, the document shows a cod...
00:13 2019-07-04

Woot is holding an extensive one-day sale on new and old iPad Pro variants with warranty If you're in the market for a high-end tablet but don't know what to choose between a newer, sleeker iPad Pro and an older, significantly cheaper, and more robust model, Woot is not making your decision any easier today by selling three main variants and over a dozen specific configurations of Apple...
00:13 2019-07-04

Photo claims to show Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro protective film Twitter tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) has tweeted out a picture originally found on Weibo showing what is claimed to be the protective film that will be used on the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. The phones aren't expected to be introduced until October, but the Mate line usually features the...
00:13 2019-07-04

Tidal launches Credits feature to highlight the people behind your favorite music Tidal has just announced it's doing something nice for those behind the music industry who aren't in the spotlight: songwriters, producers, engineers, band members and studio musicians, background vocalists, and programmers.The music streaming service launched a new Credits feature that will highlig...
00:13 2019-07-04

GPS on the Moon? NASA’s working on it If you’re driving your car from Portland to Merced, you probably rely on GPS to see where you are. But what if you’re driving your Moon rover from Oceanus Procellarum to the Sea of Tranquility? Actually, GPS should be fine — if this NASA research pans out. Knowing exactly where you are i...
22:13 2019-07-03

Apple’s iOS 13 update will make FaceTime eye contact way easier Apple has added a feature called ‘FaceTime Attention Correction’ to the latest iOS 13 Developer beta, and it looks like it could make a big difference when it comes to actually making FaceTime calls feel even more like talking to someone in person. The feature, spotted in the third beta...
18:39 2019-07-03

Samsung's chip business was hit hard by U.S. ban on Huawei According to Reuters, Samsung Electronics is expected to release a preliminary look at its second-quarter earnings report this coming Friday. The numbers should show that the South Korean manufacturer was negatively affected by the U.S. ban that prevented Huawei from obtaining U.S. parts and softwar...
18:39 2019-07-03

iOS 13 introduces eye contact simulation to FaceTime Video calls have made long-distance communication a much more intimate experience, but there has been an issue from the get-go when it came to realistic eye contact between participants. Since you're looking at the other person's face on the screen, and not the camera, and they are doing the same, t...
17:00 2019-07-03

iPad Pro 2019: release date, price, specs, features, what to expect The Apple iPad — the product that officially made tablets cool and the very product that survived the great decline in its market niche over the past few years. It’s often praised as the only thing worth buying if you are looking for a tablet and for good reason. The iPads have proven that they have...
17:00 2019-07-03

'Excellent' Google Pixel 3 XL with 60-day warranty costs a measly $415 in killer eBay deal While the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are undeniably great phones that provide a lot of bang for your buck (even when they're not deeply discounted with upfront carrier activation), Google's "regular" Pixel 3 and 3 XL have significantly sharper screens, a faster processor, and a more premium build quality go...
17:00 2019-07-03

For the first time, Apple tells the governments that asked for App Store takedowns Apple just released a treasure trove of information on app takedown requests by various governments for the second half of 2018, and the list is pretty telling. It's the first time that the company has disclosed such requests, and it all comes as part of its transparency report initiative.One would ...
17:00 2019-07-03

LG Stylo 5 vs. Stylo 4 - specs comparison After making its official debut last week, the LG Stylo 5 is currently being sold in the US by Cricket Wireless for $229, and by Boost Mobile for $200. The Stylo 5 is a very interesting affordable smartphone, as it features a built-in stylus pen with complementary software tricks - something that, a...
17:00 2019-07-03

Android Q(&A): Android Engineers take us on a deep dive of Android Q Enlarge / Android Development: It can be a messy process. (credit: Google) As has become tradition for Ars at Google I/O, we recently sat down with some of the people who make Android to learn about the OS directly from the people who make it. For 2019, the talk was all about Android Q and this y...
16:00 2019-07-03

AT&T customers dialing 911 faced a nationwide outage, again If you are on AT&T and tried to call the emergency 911 number in the past 24 hours, you may have had trouble connecting on Tuesday morning. The carrier went through a nationwide connectivity disruption with the 911 centers for some reason, and the outage lasted more than two hours.It has happened be...
15:26 2019-07-03

Here's how you can get a Moto G7 Play for an insanely low $29.99 (carrier activation required) The G7 Play is arguably the least impressive member of Motorola's latest mid-range smartphone family, but at the right price, the 5.7-incher can also be a pretty smart buy, what with its respectable octa-core Snapdragon 632 processor, generous 32 gigs of internal storage space, modern Android 9.0 Pi...
15:26 2019-07-03

Xiaomi once again blatantly rips off Apple and this time it threatens to sue users who expose it Xiaomi might not be a name you have heard much in North America, but it's one of the biggest phone makers in Asia and is popular in Europe. The company is best known for its dirt cheap phones that undercut the competition on price, but it's known for something else too: ripping off other companies' ...
15:26 2019-07-03

Huawei is still very much blacklisted as far as the US Commerce Department is concerned When President Trump announced out of nowhere that US companies can once again supply key components to Huawei giving the Chinese tech giant more time to develop in-house alternatives, we were all left scratching our heads as to precisely what equipment involved "no great national security problem."...
15:26 2019-07-03

Deal: Get a Pixel 3a from Best Buy for as low as $200 (activation required) Google's mid-range Android smartphones, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are getting decent discounts at Best Buy as long as you agree to activate your newly acquired phone with one of the major carriers in the US.While the Pixel 3a XL is just $100 cheaper with activation, the Pixel 3a is getting a mass...
15:26 2019-07-03

T-Mobile vs Verizon 5G download speed and coverage tests scorch the Galaxy S10 5G T-Mobile recently became the fourth major US carrier to flip the 5G switch, and the wait has been worth it, judging from tests run around New York City. While all four carriers now consistently log 200Mbps+ on their limited 5G networks, T-Mobile managed to provide the most uninterrupted coverage, th...
15:26 2019-07-03

Bundle Samsung's 128GB Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) with a keyboard and save $100 overall If you're into Android slates, you probably know Samsung sells a very respectable upper mid-range Galaxy Tab S5e at an excellent starting price of $400 while cooking up a higher-end and undoubtedly costlier variant likely to be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 10 next month.But if you don't have 4...
15:26 2019-07-03

Office for iOS is getting some nifty improvements this month Just like every other month, Microsoft announced recently a set of new Office improvements that will drop on iOS apps at some point this month. For the time being, all the changes revealed this week will be available to Insiders, members of the beta program.For the month of July, Microsoft plans to ...
15:26 2019-07-03

Best Buy has the LG Stylo 4 on sale for as little as $100 after $200 discount If you like pen-wielding smartphones but can't afford a member of Samsung's super-high-end Galaxy Note family and you're also not a fan of the only two prepaid carriers on which the brand-new LG Stylo 5 is available so far, you could still consider last year's mid-range Stylo 4.Normally priced at $2...
11:13 2019-07-03

AT&T customers dialing 911 go through a nationwide outage, again If you are on AT&T and tried to call the emergency 911 number in the past 24 hours, you may have had trouble connecting on Tuesday morning. The carrier went through a nationwide connectivity disruption with the 911 centers for some reason, and the outage lasted more than two hours.It has happened be...
10:52 2019-07-03

Samsung may have completed the Galaxy Fold 'redesign', but new release date remains under wraps While Samsung CEO DJ Koh broke the silence earlier this week with his own personal feelings on the Galaxy Fold debacle, calling the whole thing "embarrassing" as a long overdue public mea culpa, confusion continues to be the first word that comes to our mind when talking about the oft-delayed foldab...
10:52 2019-07-03

Galaxy Fold's production can't catch a break, as Japan bans its display cover export One small transparent cover material, one big hurdle for Samsung's foldable phone strategy going forward - this could be the result from Japan's unexpected ban on various exports to Korea.Involved in a dispute about World War II dramas, the two nations have been at odds over a Kroean Supreme Court r...
10:52 2019-07-03

Survey reveals that less than 50% of Apple iPhone owners know which model they use Decluttr is a site that sells refurbished smartphones, tablets, and other tech gear. It recently conducted a survey (via iDropNews) among 2,000 phone owners and discovered some interesting things. First of all, those who own a flagship Samsung Galaxy handset are more likely to know the model of the ...
06:52 2019-07-03

Deal: Google Home smart speaker is on sale for just $70 ($60 off) at Walmart One of the best-selling smart speakers in the US, the Google Home is now discounted at Walmart by almost half. Featuring Google Assistant, the smart speaker can be a powerful helper if you know what to ask it. It can even be paired with a Chromecast if you want to stream movies and shows, using only...
06:52 2019-07-03

Tim Cook fumes at report claiming that he seems disinterested in product design Yesterday we passed along a story that was published in The Wall Street Journal that gave an unflattering look at what is happening at Apple. The report basically said that design chief Jony Ive left Apple because CEO Tim Cook is not interested in product design. Cook replaced Steve Jobs twice as CE...
06:52 2019-07-03

Microsoft is teasing Windows 1.0 and other 1980s software Enlarge / Windows got the '80s treatment, but we're not sure what's actually being promoted. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Either Microsoft is gearing up for a very odd promotional effort or somebody on the Windows team has hijacked a functioning time machine. Yesterday, the company posted a video boast...
03:39 2019-07-03

Deal: Get a brand new Apple iPhone SE for as low as $240 Despite the fact that Apple discontinued the iPhone SE, the Cupertino-based company continues to sell refurbished as well as new units for a lot less than the suggested retail price. However, many retailers are trying to cut Apple's prices and offer better deals on the company's older iPhone models....
01:13 2019-07-03

You can get the Samsung Galaxy Buds at $99.99 after a cool $30 discount with this promo code While the Galaxy Buds obtained a lower score in our in-depth review than the refreshed AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, Samsung's first-gen "true wireless" earphones are typically affordable enough to prove stiff competitors for Apple's market-leading bad boys.Even better, you can purchase the S...
01:13 2019-07-03

DOJ and T-Mobile reportedly reach "rough agreement" on merger with Sprint Approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ) is one of three remaining roadblocks preventing T-Mobile and Sprint from closing on their $26.5 billion merger that was first announced on April 29th, 2018. According to a report from CNBC, the DOJ has reached a "rough agreement" with T-Mobile; the regu...
01:13 2019-07-03

Instagram intros new chat sticker in Stories, here is how to use it Instagram has just announced a new function that will be available in Stories starting today – the sticker chat. The new feature will allow friends and followers to start conversations from within Stories by tapping on a new icon above a story.With the new sticker option, Instagram users can request...
01:13 2019-07-03

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019) full specs and press images leak ahead of announcement The Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019) is Samsung's next budget-friendly Android tablet, which is expected to be unveiled this month. It's not the only tablet Samsung has in the pipeline, but it's definitely the cheapest one based on the leaked specs sheet.If you don't want to be spoiled with all the details abo...
01:13 2019-07-03

Switch to U.S. Cellular to receive the newest Samsung and Apple flagships for free U.S. Cellular is not among the big four US carriers, but it surely runs a big promotion aimed at new customers. As the title says, you can now get one of the most recent flagships launched on the market by companies like Apple, Google, LG, and Samsung for free, when you switch to the carrier's netwo...
01:13 2019-07-03

Deal: Save 30% on Apple's Beats Solo3 wireless headphones at Walmart Are you looking for the perfect headphones? Because if you do, you'll probably fail miserably in your quest. However, if you're looking for a pair of headphones that would suit your needs, there's plenty of candidates out there, you just have to know where to look.Either it's Bose, Sony, Sennheiser,...
01:13 2019-07-03

NASA picks a dozen science and tech projects to bring to the surface of the Moon With the Artemis mission scheduled to put boots on lunar regolith as soon as 2024, NASA has a lot of launching to do — and you can be sure none of those launches will go to waste. The agency just announced 12 new science and technology projects to send to the Moon’s surface, including a new r...
21:26 2019-07-02

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 & Watch 2 Active rumor review: Price, release date, specs, features, and design Samsung already has a very healthy lineup of wearable devices. Aside from the flagship Galaxy Watch, which is getting a bit long in the tooth already, Samsung has the relative fresh Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit/Fit e wearables in the portfolio. What's more, one could also make the assumption t...
19:39 2019-07-02

Portable Harman Kardon Allure smart speaker with Alexa scores massive $135 discount in latest deal When shopping for a trendy smart speaker, most people tend to focus on options from only two companies. Amazon and Google's Western market duopoly is confirmed by the latest quarterly sales report, in which the two's strongest rivals hail from China, selling their voice-controlled devices almost exc...
19:39 2019-07-02

Samsung executive describes his feelings about the Galaxy Fold launch in one word Yesterday, Samsung Electronics CEO DJ Koh not only gave an update on the status of the Galaxy Fold, but he also explained how he personally felt about the botched launch. With the phone circling in a waiting pattern waiting for a green light from Samsung ground control, Ars Technica reports that the...
19:39 2019-07-02

Samsung's Galaxy S10 has outsold the Galaxy S9 by a significant margin The Samsung Galaxy S10 got off to a pretty strong start when it first launched back in March and, according to Korean media, the lineup’s performance throughout the second quarter of 2019 was just as impressive.The Galaxy S10+ was the most popular modelCiting data gathered by Counterpoint Research, ...
19:39 2019-07-02

If you know baseball, you could win $250,000 from T-Mobile Baseball, and T-Mobile, could be very, very good to you if you win the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge. To enter, click on this link (the site will be up soon) and fill out your brackets for the 2019 Home Run Derby. You have until 7:59 pm EDT on July 8th to submit your entry. And you don't...
19:39 2019-07-02

Nvidia refreshes RTX line: “Super” GPUs add performance at same MSRP The Nvidia RTX 2070 Super. Coming July 9 for $499. The rumors are true: nine months after the launch of the RTX 2070 and six months after the RTX 2060 arrived, both of these Nvidia graphics cards are getting retail upgrades. Behold: the RTX 2060 Super and RTX...
17:00 2019-07-02

Security flaws in a popular smart home hub let hackers unlock front doors When is a smart home not so smart? When it can be hacked. That’s exactly what security researchers Chase Dardaman and Jason Wheeler did with one of the Zipato smart hubs. In new research published Tuesday and shared with TechCrunch, Dardaman and Wheeler found three security flaws which when ch...
16:13 2019-07-02

#PhoneArenaPhotoChallenge: Vote for the best photo taken on a phone Just a few days ago, we urged you to take part in our Instagram photo challenge and submit the best photo you've taken on your phone. Lots of our Instagram subscribers took part in the challenge, and we had a really tough time picking out the very best among the pics you submitted both via DMs on ou...
15:13 2019-07-02

We still don't know if future Huawei phones will run Android, and neither does Huawei After preparing for the worst possible outcome of the US-China trade war by accelerating the development of the company's in-house Android replacement, Huawei's head honchos breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday as Donald Trump unexpectedly walked back a ban that impacted the tech giant in previousl...
15:13 2019-07-02

HTC U12+ receives Android Pie in company's homeland, global rollout should follow soon enough HTC has been bleeding money for many years now, but although the company continues to release new phones (and even 5G-equipped "smart hubs") with relative regularity, its efforts to turn the ailing business around don't seem particularly competent or effective.In addition to focusing a little too mu...
13:39 2019-07-02

An iPhone with an in-display fingerprint scanner may be coming... exclusively to China With the launch of the iPhone X, Apple ditched the physical home button to deliver a bezel-less design befitting of the 10th anniversary of one of its most iconic product lines. Alongside the home button, however, Apple also ditched Touch ID, which relied on the fingerprint scanner housed in the hom...
13:39 2019-07-02

Red Galaxy S10e version goes official, but there's still no word on US release Almost one month after the Cardinal Red Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ were introduced, UK carrier EE has announced that it’ll now be exclusively selling the two flagships alongside a previous unannounced Cardinal Red version of the Galaxy S10e.The new variant of Samsung’s compact flagship is, as expect...
13:39 2019-07-02

How often do you use the S Pen on your Galaxy Note? The S Pen has been the signature feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series for years, ever since the very first Note launched way back in October, 2011.But with smartphone becoming faster, input becoming more precise, does Samsung really need the S Pen in 2019?Here at the office, the opinions are sp...
13:39 2019-07-02

Best Buy has the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Watch on sale with a nice freebie included If history is any indication, Samsung will probably unveil a companion device for the Galaxy Note 10 in addition to the new high-end smartphone family itself on August 7 in New York City. Of course, the company's smartwatch release schedule can be a little erratic and hard to predict, as 2017's Gear...
13:39 2019-07-02

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S10+ is getting a new dedicated camera night mode Samsung recently released a range of camera improvements to the Galaxy 10 and Note 9 phones, but not in the US where the company sells slightly different variants of its flagships. An improved dedicated night mode and made it to Galaxy S10 and Note 9 smartphones equipped with Exynos chipsets.Apparen...
12:00 2019-07-02

YouTube TV updated with new interface, control improvements, more YouTube TV is getting an important update this week, which brings a lot of visual changes that should be beneficial for the vast majority of users. The most important change is progressive fast-forward, a new feature that lets YouTube TV users to skip ahead when they tap and hold the fast-forward bu...
12:00 2019-07-02

Fitbit Versa smartwatch drops to around $135 after $65 discount in limited-time eBay deal If you're a fan of Fitbit's industry-leading health monitoring technology but don't have 200 bucks to spend on the company's most popular smartwatch, you could make a few compromises and pick up the Versa Lite Edition at a decent $40 discount.Even better, the regular Fitbit Versa occasionally goes o...
12:00 2019-07-02

Killer Galaxy S9 deal sees the phone discounted to $335 with 30 days of prepaid service included It was only a few weeks ago that a $350 refurbished Galaxy S9 seemed like a decent enough bargain, but in the meantime, it's been raining killer deals on brand-new units from major retailers like Costco and Walmart. The latter has a fresh special offer for Straight Talk customers, allowing them to b...
12:00 2019-07-02

Top companies reveal to us the twisty path of smartphone design It’s easy to think that since smartphones today are basically one big display, designers don’t really have much room to let their creativity go wild. The lack of variety in design elements magnifies the importance of each of them, and companies are doubling down on their efforts to create beautiful ...
12:00 2019-07-02

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 & Watch 2 Active rumor round-up: Price, release date, specs, features, and design Samsung already has a very healthy lineup of wearable devices. Aside from the flagship Galaxy Watch, which is getting a bit long in the tooth already, Samsung has the relative fresh Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit/Fit e wearables in the portfolio. What's more, one could also make the assumption t...
12:00 2019-07-02

5G smartphones will remain a rare sight this year, growing to dominance by 2023 It's no secret that the global smartphone market is in bad need of a major growth driver after several years of stagnation at both the industry innovation level and in terms of actual sales numbers. It's also no secret that mobile device vendors and market analysts were counting on two big breakthro...
12:00 2019-07-02

Samsung receives a patent for a phone that expands to become a tablet With the Samsung Galaxy Fold in limbo at the moment, the foldable handset is far from the most ambitious smartphone design that Samsung has been thinking about creating. Last month, a patent received by the South Korean manufacturer revealed a phone that adds screen space and extends the size of the...
06:00 2019-07-02

LG launches the G8S ThinQ, a more affordable version of its flagship LG has just announced its new G8S ThinQ smartphone will go on sale in select markets this month. Marketed as a more affordable version of its LG G8 ThinQ flagship, the G8S packs the same hardware and camera configuration of the former.It even utilizes the same Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor technology ...
06:00 2019-07-02

Samsung will unveil the new Galaxy Note 10 line on August 7th A couple of weeks ago, we passed along the speculation that Samsung would unveil the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7th at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center (yes, the same arena that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving now both call home). Today, Samsung confirmed this with a post on its website that read, "On August...
06:00 2019-07-02

Team studies drone strikes on airplanes by firing them into a wall at 500 MPH Bird strikes are a very real danger to planes in flight, and consequently aircraft are required to undergo bird strike testing — but what about drones? With UAV interference at airports on the rise, drone strike testing may soon be likewise mandatory, and if it’s anything like what these Germa...
04:26 2019-07-02

Samsung CEO calls Galaxy Fold launch failure “embarrassing” You can see the book-like "spine" of the Fold here. [credit: Samsung ] According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fold was supposed to be revolutionary. The futuristic $2,000 phone was positioned as t...
04:13 2019-07-02

PlayStation Vue applies a $5-a-month increase to all live TV plans Screenshot of PlayStation Vue live television service. (credit: Sony) Sony announced that it is increasing the subscription cost for its live TV streaming service. PlayStation Vue customers will see all multi-channel plans increase their monthly rates by $5. The change will take effect today for n...
04:13 2019-07-02

Report describing Jony Ive’s Apple exit gains a sharp response from Tim Cook Enlarge / Jony Ive speaks onstage during the 2017 New Yorker TechFest in New York City. (credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images) Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal published a report describing the years and events leading up to design chief Jony Ive's recently announced departure. Among other things, it ...
04:13 2019-07-02

The Galaxy Note 10 launches August 7 Samsung's invitation. [credit: Samsung ] Samsung has officially announced the launch event for its next flagship smartphone. Galaxy Unpacked 2019 takes place August 7 at 4pm ET, when the com...
04:13 2019-07-02

Deal: Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch gets a 25% discount on Amazon The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is a decent smartwatch that costs less than the Apple Watch Series 4 and Samsung Gear S3 frontier. The wearable device comes with Garmin's own contactless payment solution that allows you to pay for purchases with the watch, and more than 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports ap...
03:13 2019-07-02

Apple's new iPhone ads cover encryption, the environment and privacy Apple released three new ads for the iPhone today, including one that is exceptionally timely. With a new report indicating that the Trump administration is thinking about outlawing the use of end-to-end encryption on messaging apps and mobile devices, one of the three 15 second ads promotes end-to-...
03:13 2019-07-02

Another US carrier starts selling the LG Stylo 5 at a slightly lower price LG Stylo 5 made its debut in the United States over the weekend when AT&T's wholly owned subsidiary Cricket Wireless announced it has added the budget-friendly smartphone to its portfolio. Today, another US carrier confirmed it has started to sell the LG Stylo 5 – Boost Mobile.Unlike Cricket which o...
21:52 2019-07-01

July update for the Pixels is here to fix bootloop issue and four other problems Last month some Google Pixel 3a owners thought that they had been transported into the future when they received the monthly July update in June. The new OTA update was sent just two weeks after the one for June was disseminated and it included the July 5th security patch. As it turned out, the soft...
21:52 2019-07-01

Samsung really wants you to buy a Galaxy S10, offers better than ever trade-in discounts Samsung has been offering good trade-in values for Galaxy S10 purchases for many months now, but never at the level that it does now. If you own an older Samsung flagship, the best way to upgrade is through the company's trade-in program, which offers customers the instant value of their trade as a ...
21:52 2019-07-01

Apple is opening the iPhone and HomePod to 100,000 radio stations from all over the world At WWDC last month, Apple announced that iOS 13 will allow users to play radio stations from all over the world by asking Siri. Though it was teased for the fall, the new functionality is already rolling out to devices running the iOS 13 beta, as well as the Apple HomePod on its current software.App...
20:13 2019-07-01

First peek inside Apple after Steve Jobs: Tim Cook has little interest in product dev, design team left 'rudderless', says WSJ report Apple has been delivering hit product after hit product with a great precision and at a pretty steady cadence: a new product category was unveiled about every 5 years or so: the first iPod was released in late 2001the first iPhone came in 2007the iPad series launched in 2010the Apple Watch arrived i...
20:13 2019-07-01

Samsung Galaxy A80 finally hits store shelves, but it won't come cheap Revealed back in April, the Galaxy A80 missed its initial market launch by at least one month, as Samsung promised to make it available for purchase at the end of May. Samsung's first smartphone to feature the New Infinity design, the Galaxy A80 is a mid-range device when it comes to hardware, but i...
20:13 2019-07-01

Samsung launches Bixby Marketplace in the US, here is how it works Samsung is not giving up on Bixby, on the contrary, the South Korean giant is spending more resources to make it more user-friendly and customizable. Many of Samsung's smartphones launched recently come with a dedicated Bixby key, which will now come in handy for those living in the United States.Th...
20:13 2019-07-01

Do you think we will see a change now that Jony Ive is gone from Apple? The big news this weekend was Jony Ive leaving Apple. The Chief Design Officer who gave us so many iconic products in the past. He’s not entirely gone, or at least that’s what we are told. Sir Ive will go on to run his own design company LoveFrom, which will still have Apple as a client.So, we may s...
20:13 2019-07-01

Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak shows that when Apple and Google zig, Huawei likes to zag Say what you want about Huawei, but when everyone zigs, they like to zag. While the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro weren't the first phones with a square camera module on the back, they might have been the most widely known. And now that Apple and Google plan to steal the look for the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4...
20:13 2019-07-01

Apple Watch Series 5 (2019): release date, price, news and leaks The original Apple Watch launched more than four years ago in April 2015, and since then it has been evolving rapidly to become faster (much faster!), have a bigger screen with less bezel, a longer lasting battery, and an experience that is a huge improvement over the original.With the new Apple Wat...
20:13 2019-07-01

Some OnePlus 7 Pro users received a strange notification today You can excuse OnePlus 7 Pro owners if they seem a bit confused today. Several owners of the device posted screenshots online indicating that they had received some sort of strange notification that can best be described as gibberish. One screenshot embedded in a tweet posted by Twitter user Nicole ...
20:13 2019-07-01

Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs Enlarge / Twitter returns to the Mac via Apple's Project Catalyst. (credit: Apple) SAN JOSE, Calif.—When Apple revealed macOS Catalina at WWDC this month, one related announcement drew considerable interest from Mac users and developers alike: a new way to turn iPad apps into fully native Mac apps...
16:00 2019-07-01

Android 'Fast Share' is Google's answer to Apple's AirDrop Android Beam was Google's attempt at delivering a seamless local sharing feature on Android devices, in the vein of Apple's AirDrop. Introduced in 2011, Android Beam is an NFC-based system that allows for short-range exchange of data between devices, and with the release of Android Q, it is going aw...
10:52 2019-07-01

Apple Watch first-year sales were a failure: 10 million units sold, while Apple had planned for 40 mil Jony Ive, the famed Apple designer behind iconic products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, is leaving the company and his departure seems to have opened a can of worms, stirring suspicion that Apple's design team is left dispirited and the company is run by operations specialists rather than innovato...
09:52 2019-07-01

Trump's economic advisor says Huawei remains on the Entity List; company not totally off the hook Early Saturday morning, we told you that the presidents of both the U.S. and China, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping respectively, had reached a truce on the trade war embroiling both countries. As a result, Trump told the media early Saturday morning that "U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huaw...
09:00 2019-07-01

LG Stylo 5 officially launches in US, but only on one carrier for now Seen in a couple of leaked images not long ago, the brand new LG Stylo 5 is now available to buy in the US, albeit only via Cricket Wireless (one of AT&T's wholly owned subsidiaries). Cricket is selling the LG Stylo 5 for $229.99 as long as you choose a prepaid plan of at least $30 per month. The ca...
09:00 2019-07-01

White House weighs legislation to ban one of the best features of WhatsApp and Telegram After badmouthing Apple over the last few years and throwing a scare into Huawei (a nightmare that is not yet over), the Trump administration's next target could be the use of end-to-end-encryption in the U.S. Used on apps like Telegram and WhatsApp, end-to-end encryption means that messages sent fr...
09:00 2019-07-01

Facebook to ban ads dissuading Americans from voting Facebook issued an update on its Civil Rights Audit today and notes that the platform now bans messages that praise, support or represent white nationalism and white separatism. The report adds that Facebook posts should be banned even if those exact terms are not used. This would be done by picking...
09:00 2019-07-01

The ins and outs of Dark Mode: A harmful fad or a beneficial software feature For the past couple of years, it doesn't take long to realize that one of the most often requested software features users have clamored for is the venerable "dark mode", or "night mode" if you will. iOS and Android are both slated to receive system-wide dark modes in the fall, though many phone man...
09:00 2019-07-01

Apple might not be able to obtain enough supplies of an important iPhone part this year Trade relations between the U.S. and China have had quite an impact on a company like Huawei, which was on its way to becoming the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world next year. Now that the U.S. and China have agreed on a truce in their trade war allowing U.S. suppliers to once again sell ...
19:52 2019-06-30

OnePlus 7 Pro gets a price cut of up to $110 in Canada As Apple has discovered, currency exchange rates can play a big part in determining how well a product will sell overseas. Because the dollar was so strong against the Chinese Yuan late last year and early this year, Apple had to raise the price of the iPhone in China. At one point, the "more afford...
19:52 2019-06-30

New Motorola Moto G7 series price cuts available now Since Motorola launched the Moto G7 smartphone series in the US some months back, all G7 models have seen price cuts at some point or another. Now, the unlocked Moto G7, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Play are once again discounted, although not directly by Motorola. To get tempting discounts on these t...
13:00 2019-06-30

Publishers are reportedly upset at Apple over the News+ app, and with good reason In March of last year, Apple bought Texture, the company whose app was called "the Netflix of magazines." For $9.99 a month, users could read from a library of 200 magazines. The next month, Apple's plans had already leaked. There was talk that the company would merge Texture with its News app to cr...
12:13 2019-06-30

Google's potential Android replacement, Fuchsia, now has a developer site After having a hand in the disappearance of mobile operating systems like Symbian and BlackBerry, Google wants to insure that even if Android is someday way past its prime, it has another OS waiting in the wings. So Google has built up a team of more than 100 people to help develop Fuchsia OS, anoth...
03:13 2019-06-30

Deal: Unlocked Moto G6 with 64GB is $120 off on Amazon The Moto G6 debuted one year ago, but it's still going strong when it comes to sales. The new Moto G7 didn't bring too many improvements hardware-wise, but the advantage is we can get Motorola's latest mid-range smartphone for the same price as the model launched last year.But that doesn't apply whe...
03:13 2019-06-30

Deal: Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro drops to just $475 ($175 off) at Walmart Apple launched the 10.5-inch iPad Pro exactly two years ago, but the tablet remains on the best in its price range. Depending on what version you plan to buy – Wi-Fi only, LTE, 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro can cost more than $1,000 outright.At the other pole, the cheapest one, the 1...
00:26 2019-06-30

Happy 10th anniversary to the Samsung Galaxy, Sammy's first Android phone We already told you that 12 years ago this very day, Apple launched the iPhone. June 29th also marks the 10th anniversary of another important smartphone launch; on this date in 2009, Samsung launched the Galaxy. The phone had been unveiled in April and was released just ten days after Apple started...
00:26 2019-06-30

Tetris Royale and its 100-player competitive mode is coming to mobile devices If you can't afford a Nintendo Switch or playing video games is simply not among your hobbies, you'll be happy to know that one of the most addictive games for Switch released recently, Tetris 99 will be cloned and released on mobile devices.The major difference between the two is that the mobile ga...
00:26 2019-06-30

Startups at the speed of light: Lidar CEOs put their industry in perspective As autonomous cars and robots loom over the landscapes of cities and jobs alike, the technologies that empower them are forming sub-industries of their own. One of those is lidar, which has become an indispensable tool to autonomy, spawning dozens of companies and attracting hundreds of millions in ...
20:26 2019-06-29

Apple launched the iPhone on this date 12 years ago It was 12 years ago today, a large percentage of many of our readers' lives, when Apple released the iPhone. Long lines snaked around Apple Stores where some had been camped out for days waiting to shell out $499 for the unit with 4GB of storage and $599 for the 8GB model. The phone was actually unv...
18:39 2019-06-29

New Motorola Moto G7 series price cuts are available now at Best Buy Since Motorola launched the Moto G7 smartphone series in the US some months back, all G7 models have seen price cuts at some point or another. Now, the unlocked Moto G7, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Play are once again discounted, although not directly by Motorola. To get tempting discounts on these t...
18:39 2019-06-29

Trump says U.S. can sell to Huawei again after truce reached in trade war U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping called a truce to the trade war between the U.S. and China at the G20 summit in Japan. And as we suspected all along, Huawei was used as a bargaining chip. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. got favorable terms on a deal that will see C...
15:13 2019-06-29

Deal: Samsung Gear S3 is nearly 40% off on Amazon, comes with 1-year extended warranty Despite the fact that it made its debut on the market almost three years ago, Samsung Gear S3 remains a great device. The fact that the smartwatch is selling strongly through all major retailers in the US is proof that the South Korean company did a good job with the Gear S3 series.Although the clas...
15:13 2019-06-29

Finding a buyer for Boost Mobile is still the key to closing the T-Mobile-Sprint merger (VIDEO) Time to check back in to see what is happening with our favorite soap opera, "As the Deal Turns." When we last left our cast of characters, the Justice Department (DOJ) was waiting to see if outspoken Dish Network CEO Charles Ergen would go ahead and spend $6 billion to purchase Boost Mobile and som...
09:26 2019-06-29

Google explains how it created dark theme on three apps and Android Auto A post put up today on the Google Design website shares how Google developed dark themes for three separate apps and Android Auto. The apps include Photos, Calendar, and News. Just in case you don't know what dark theme is, think of the typical smartphone display with black text on a white backgroun...
02:52 2019-06-29

Deal: Pay just $299 for the Pixel 3a and $379 for the Pixel 3a XL at Best Buy (Sprint only) Google hit a grand slam with its mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. After all, for $399 and $479 respectively, one can buy one of the best (if not the best) cameras found on a smartphone. A lot of that has to do with Google's image processing, which gets amazing results from a single rear-facing 12...
02:52 2019-06-29

Alleged photos and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 leak A couple of days ago, we told you that the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is in the process of being developed by the manufacturer. But with the original generation timepiece only four months old, Sammy will most likely continue to work on it for a while before introducing the sequel to the public. T...
02:52 2019-06-29

Deal: Save $100 on Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones (renewed) One of the most expensive pair of headphones manufactured by Sony, the WH-1000XM3 cost no less than $350, but that's no wonder since these are part of the company's premium lineup. If you can't afford them brand new, there are many retailers that offer refurbished units for a much lower price.For ex...
21:52 2019-06-28

Affordable LG K40 coming soon to the US (will work on T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T) After releasing the high-end G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ, LG is now getting ready to launch a third 2019 smartphone in the US. This time, however, we're talking about a lower end model - the LG K40. Officially announced back in February, the K40 has a product page on Best Buy's website, where it's presen...
21:52 2019-06-28

Jony Ive was worth billions to Apple according to one measurement The departure of Apple design chief Sir Jony Ive, announced by the company yesterday, probably won't result in any immediate design changes to Apple's current product lineup. Certainly the men replacing him on Apple's depth charts (Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vic...
21:52 2019-06-28

Deal: Grab an unlocked Apple iPhone 8 for as low as $330 at Woot (refurbished) One of the smaller iPhone models is now on sale at Woot for an amazingly low price. The iPhone 8 can be had for as low as $330 in black, gold or silver color. As the title says, this is a refurbished unit, which comes with a 90-day warranty, and while the phone is expected to have a moderate level o...
21:52 2019-06-28

Apple’s Sidecar just really *gets* me, you know? With the rollout of Apple’s public beta software previews of macOS and the new iPadOS, I’ve finally been able to experience first-hand Sidecar, the feature that lets you use an iPad as an external display for your Mac. This is something I’ve been looking to make work since the day...
18:26 2019-06-28

Deal: Get 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for less than $1 Ahead of the Prime Day deals coming on 15 and 16 July, Amazon is running a promotion on its music streaming service. Unlike many of the previous promotions, this one seems to be available worldwide, so no matter where you live, you should be able to get it if you want to try out Amazon Music Unlimit...
18:13 2019-06-28

Fortune and fame can be yours if you win Samsung's new contest; here's how to enter Now that Sir Jony Ive is leaving Apple to start his own design firm, do you think that you can step up and be the next in-house design superstar? Samsung announced today that it is teaming up with design publication Dezeen to find the next "boundary-pushing Galaxy design." The Samsung Mobile Design ...
18:13 2019-06-28

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ hands-on pictures leak, confirming design change With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 inching closer, we're pretty confident in saying that Samsung's phablet flagship has (once again) been thoroughly leaked to death well ahead of its official release. We already know that the Note 10 will have a selfie hole-punch camera, much like the S10...
13:26 2019-06-28

Apple Music grows to over 60 million monthly users worldwide Apple Music and Spotify continue to compete for world domination, as both music streaming services claim they have many millions of subscribers. Up until now, Spotify was the supreme ruler with more than 100 million subscribers worldwide reported two months ago.Before that, Apple said it has amassed...
11:26 2019-06-28

IFROGZ Airtime hands-on: True wireless earphones on a budget We know that true wireless earbuds are accessible on just about any budget, but they typically have some caveats about them, especially those that are priced below $100. From ZAGG, the company known for the line of InivisibleShield screen protectors, as well as some neat Bluetooth keyboards for mobi...
09:01 2019-06-28

AT&T brings 5G service to its 20th city in the US AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all made 5G network-related announcements in the last couple of days. It's like they talked each other agreed to light up their 5G networks in various cities across the US at the same time.Since we've already reported about what T-Mobile and Verizon have decided to d...
09:01 2019-06-28

Google Maps update brings two new important features for commuters Google launched two new features for Maps, which will greatly help those using public transportation to commute every day. The new features, live traffic delays for buses and crowdedness predictions, will help Google Maps users to plan better for their transit ride.Since transit schedules aren't alw...
05:39 2019-06-28

Twitter's new policy is aimed squarely at Donald Trump Many Twitter users have been complaining about several tweets disseminated by President Donald Trump. These Twitter members say that if they sent out tweets with the same insults and language used by the president, they would have had their account suspended. After all, besides giving insulting name...
05:39 2019-06-28

New Pokemon mobile game coming to Android and iOS this summer Many have tried to clone Pokemon GO massive financial success, but no AR (augmented reality) mobile games managed to get nowhere near Niantic's smash hit in terms of revenue. The latest contender, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite made just 4% of the revenue Pokemon GO made on the first day.Well, it looks...
05:39 2019-06-28

Preview of Firefox's new Android browser available in Google Play Store Mozilla announced today that the new Firefox browser for Android, once code-named "Fenix," is now available from the Google Play Store under the title "Firefox Preview." The new browser is driven by Mozilla's "GeckoView" engine, a modified version of the one used on the Firefox desktop browser. The ...
05:39 2019-06-28

Apple offers tool for diabetics that integrates with its Health app Apple has long been rumored to be working on a way for the Apple Watch to noninvasively monitor the blood glucose levels of its users. This reading is used by diabetics to determine how much insulin they need to take before eating and usually requires a finger stick to draw blood. Such a feature for...
05:39 2019-06-28

Jony Ive will depart Apple to start his own company Enlarge / Jony Ive speaks onstage during the 2017 New Yorker TechFest in New York City. (credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images) Jony Ive, Apple's longtime design chief, will depart Apple to form his own independent design company, according to a press release distributed by Apple today. While he will no ...
03:13 2019-06-28

Police body-cam maker Axon says no to facial recognition, for now Facial recognition is a controversial enough topic without bringing in everyday policing and the body cameras many (but not enough) officers wear these days. But Axon, which makes many of those cameras, solicited advice on the topic from and independent research board, and in accordance with its fin...
00:52 2019-06-28

Apple just released the first iOS and iPadOS 13 beta to everyone This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS — and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a $99 developer a...
23:52 2019-06-27

This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws Wind turbines are a great source of clean power, but their apparent simplicity — just a big thing that spins — belie complex systems that wear down like any other, and can fail with disastrous consequences. Sandia National Labs researchers have created a robot that can inspect the enormous blades of...
23:52 2019-06-27

Oppo shows first under-screen camera in bid to eliminated the hated notch Ever since the notch was first added to smartphones, everyone in the world except the deeply deluded and my editor have wished it gone. Oppo has done it — or at least shown that it can be done — with a demonstration unit at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai. iPhone users can console themselves that...
23:52 2019-06-27

Tiny Robobee X-Wing powers its flight with light We’ve seen Harvard’s Robobee flying robot evolve for years: After first learning to fly, it learned to swim in 2015, then to jump out of the water again in 2017 — and now it has another trick up its non-existent sleeve. The Robobee X-Wing can fly using only the power it collects from lig...
23:52 2019-06-27

NASA’s Dragonfly will fly across the surface of Titan, Saturn’s ocean moon NASA has just announced its next big interplanetary mission: Dragonfly, which will deliver a Mars Rover-sized flying vehicle to the surface of Titan, a moon of Saturn with tantalizing life-supporting qualities. The craft will fly from place to place, sampling the delicious organic surface materials...
23:52 2019-06-27

Bill Gates calls failure to fight Android his “greatest mistake” Enlarge / Bill Gates speaks to Village Global. (credit: Village Global) Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently gave a wide-ranging interview to VC firm Village Global, and at one point, the topic of mobile came up. Gates revealed his biggest regret while at Microsoft was a failure to lead Micros...
23:26 2019-06-27

Amazon takes on TCL’s Roku TV with low-cost HDR Fire TV Enlarge / Seeing is believing when it comes to HDR, and this mock-up comparison of the display tech hints at what awaits Toshiba buyers. (Note: The TV pictured above is NOT the one we're writing about today.) (credit: Ars Technica) Things are looking a lot brighter for Amazon's collection of Fire ...
23:26 2019-06-27

Guidemaster: The best dash cams worthy of a permanent place in your car Enlarge / Garmin Dash Cam Mini. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Update: Our original Dash Cam Guidemaster was published in March 2018, but we recently tested out some of the newest options and updated our picks—just in time for 2019 summer road trips. If you've ever been in a fender-bender or ...
23:26 2019-06-27

Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers with new text-styling features Enlarge / Pages in macOS Mojave. (credit: Samuel Axon) Today, Apple released Pages 8.1, Numbers 6.1, and Keynote 9.1 for Mac, and the company also updated the accompanying apps on iOS. This is a small features update for the iWork suite, but some of the additions give functionality users have been...
23:26 2019-06-27

Oppo’s first under-display camera demo looks decidedly first-generation Engadget's picture of the Oppo display. It's like a semi-transparent camera notch. [credit: Engdaget ] Smartphone design is slowly dumping notches, hole punches, and other blemishes that c...
23:26 2019-06-27

Apple bolsters its chip team by hiring architect who worked at ARM, Intel, AMD Enlarge / Apple's iPad Pro had a new, Apple-designed chip called the A12X that rivaled many high-end laptop CPUs in performance. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple has hired an experienced CPU designer to join its team. Mike Filippo joined Apple last month with the title Architect, according to his Linke...
23:26 2019-06-27

Gmail’s API lockdown will kill some third-party app access, starting July 15 Enlarge (credit: Google) Google is locking down API access to Gmail data (and later, Drive data) soon, and some of your favorite third-party apps might find themselves locked out of your Google account data. The new API policy was announced back in October, but this week Google started emailing in...
23:26 2019-06-27

IFROGZ Airtime hands-on: True wireless on a budget We know that true wireless earbuds are accessible on just about any budget, but they typically have some caveats about them, especially those that are priced below $100. From ZAGG, the company known for the line of InivisibleShield screen protectors, as well as some neat Bluetooth keyboards for mobi...
20:52 2019-06-27

Huawei's P30 series is its fastest selling flagship lineup ever It took Huawei around nine months to ship 10 million P10 & P10 Plus units back in 2017. This dropped to just five months last year with the P20 flagships because of the brand’s increasing popularity. Now, despite a rough patch recently, Huawei has confirmed (via Android Authority) that it has broken...
20:52 2019-06-27

Apple is moving some LCD production out of China, but not for the reason you think Last month, we told you that a bailout of Apple LCD supplier Japan Display was running into some trouble. The company, which produces the Liquid Retina display for the iPhone XR and LCD panels for older models, depends on Apple for 60.6% of its business. Because it was late to enter the OLED market,...
20:52 2019-06-27

Here's a good example why you can't blindly follow Google Maps Many of us rely on Google Maps every day to help us get safely from point "A" to point "B." But sometimes putting blind faith in technology can backfire. Take the ordeal that nearly 100 Colorado drivers found themselves living through this past Sunday when they tried to drive around a traffic jam. A...
20:52 2019-06-27

Apple launches rebranded mobile app for select Beats headphones Apple has quietly updated the Beats app with new important features and a name change. The app that was previously known as Beats Pill is now known as Beats and addresses to a larger pool of Beats fans. Up until now, the app was meant for those who own the Beats Pill+ speaker, allowing them to contr...
18:39 2019-06-27

Apple Watch Series 4 outsold every other smartwatch in 2018 The Apple Watch has gone from strength to strength ever since it was first released in 2015. Last year was no different with the launch of the Series 4 model but, if new data from Counterpoint Research is anything to go by, it seems the latter took Apple’s success to a whole new level.Apple Watch Se...
18:39 2019-06-27

Lawsuit accuses AT&T of running a "bait and switch scheme" Spotted first by Ars Technica, a class action suit was filed against AT&T last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs claim that the nation's second-largest carrier is using a "bait and switch scheme" by charging customers a "bogus so-called 'Administrati...
18:39 2019-06-27

Update allows you to share self-destructing images through the Google Duo app Back in 2012 when Snapchat launched, its claim to fame was that members could take a photo that would "self-destruct" in ten seconds or less once viewed by the recipient. Of course, there were many references to the self-destructing tapes seen on the Mission Impossible television show. You'd never r...
18:39 2019-06-27

Deal: Unlocked Moto G6 Play price drops to just $100 at Best Buy (carrier activation required) Despite the fact that the Moto G7 series is already out, the last year Moto G6 phones are still solid choices for those looking for a mid-range Android smartphone below the $200 price mark. The problem is the Moto G7 and G6 phones cost about the same, and it would probably be a bad decision to get a...
18:39 2019-06-27

Samsung has two budget flagships on the way, one with 5G support The Galaxy S10 lineup, Galaxy Fold, and Galaxy Note 10 series (including 5G models) mean that by the end of this summer Samsung will have introduced a total of ten Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones. The company isn't stopping there, though.Snapdragon 855, huge display, triple-camera setupAccording ...
18:39 2019-06-27

Patent received by Apple could lead to a cool new feature for the Apple Watch The Apple Watch can do many things. It can monitor your physical activities, track your heart rate and even make sure that your heart is beating normally. But one thing it can not do is take pictures; after all, the device does not have a camera. But Apple Watch users might soon be able to take phot...
18:39 2019-06-27

Hurry and claim your free four-month Apple Music subscription right now at Groupon (new users only) It's definitely not every day that you get the chance to claim a free four-month subscription to the world's second most popular music streaming platform, but believe it or not, that's precisely the amazing deal Groupon is offering for the second time in just a little over a month.Once again, you on...
18:39 2019-06-27

T-Mobile lights up 5G network in six cities on June 28 T-Mobile announced earlier today that it will offer its first 5G-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The device will be available in select cities starting June 28, but why would anyone by a 5G smartphone if there's no 5G network to pair it with.No worries, as T-Mobile has just confirmed ...
18:39 2019-06-27

China is reportedly behind huge hack of global cell networks Security research firm Cybereason reports today (via TechCrunch) that over the last seven years, hackers have been able to break into more than 10 cellular networks worldwide to gather information on calls made by at least 20 targeted individuals. The data obtained from this operation included the d...
18:39 2019-06-27

Microsoft makes OneDrive more secure with Personal Vault for Android and iOS Microsoft has just announced it's making OneDrive more secure with the addition of Personal Vault, a protected area that can only be accessed by the owner of the account, which features a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification.The new OneDrive Personal Vault is only a...
18:39 2019-06-27

FCC ruling gives Verizon approval to lock new phones for 60 days Back in February, Verizon asked the FCC to allow it to SIM lock for 60 days all new phones that it sells. At the time, the nation's largest carrier said that it requested this to protect its customers from fraud and identity theft. Because the company is the only one of the four major wireless opera...
18:39 2019-06-27

Despite the ban, one U.S. chip maker has resumed shipping some components to Huawei Last month, the Trump administration put Huawei on the Commerce Department's Entity List. This essentially cut the company off from its U.S. supply chain and even with a 90-day limited reprieve, Huawei's once bright future looks a lot dimmer today. The company, which shipped 206 million phones last ...
18:39 2019-06-27

Mophie unveils 3-in-1 Powerstation Hub with wireless charging and portable battery functionality After recently unveiling a quartet of good old fashioned power banks with battery capacity ranging from 5,000 to a whopping 20,000mAh and prices of between $40 and $70, Mophie is expanding the popular Powerstation family of charging accessories today with a new member already up for grabs at $99.95....
18:39 2019-06-27

Target challenges Amazon Prime Day with its own 48-hour deal marathon Target is targeting Amazon's Prime Day with a 48-hour deal marathon of its own. Just like Prime Day, Target's "Deal Days" event will be held from July 15 to July 16 and feature a flurry of discounts and deals on thousands of products.But unlike Prime Day, which only paying Amazon Prime subscribers c...
18:39 2019-06-27

Oppo shows off the world's first phone with Under-Screen Camera technology First came the loathed notch. Then Samsung (and Huawei) started drilling actual holes into the screens of their high-end (and even mid-range) devices to move one step closer to the bezelless dream. Pop-ups and sliders are also a thing nowadays, despite the inherent vulnerabilities of mechanical came...
18:39 2019-06-27

Facebook admits red dot notifications are annoying, may soon let you disable them Facebook is rumored to be working on reducing the number of red dot notifications in the Facebook mobile app. The company is testing tools that allow users to customize what types of in-app notifications they see – i.e. for the Watch, Profile, and Groups tabs nested in the top bar of the app. Of cou...
18:39 2019-06-27

Android Auto is getting a redesigned interface and Dark Mode Google last month announced an update for Android Auto that would change the way the app looks and works, and it is now finally rolling out to some regions. Google says that the refreshed interface was "built to help you get on the road faster, show more useful information at a glance and simplify c...
18:39 2019-06-27

New Polar 'fitness watch' touts stellar battery life and cutting-edge health tracking features Some people use their smartwatches essentially as wrist-worn extensions of their smartphones. Others buy super-affordable wearable devices to count steps, monitor their sleep (with a relatively low degree of accuracy), and keep general track of casual sporting activities. Finally, you have your prof...
18:39 2019-06-27

Second-gen Samsung Galaxy Fold could already be in the works with massive screen and S Pen 2019 was never supposed to be the year foldable mobile devices would break into the mainstream, but at the very least, we fully expected to see a couple of them commercially released in limited numbers in a few key global markets by the end of summer. That may not happen with either the Samsung Gala...
18:39 2019-06-27

Apple decision forces Intel to auction its smartphone modem patents Intel confirmed plans to exit the smartphone business a few months ago, but news about the auction of its smartphone modem assets emerged only today. The announcement follows Apple's decision to buy 5G smartphone modems from Qualcomm rather than Intel. Although the US company said it will continue t...
18:39 2019-06-27

Sony Xperia 1 Q&A: Your questions answered Our Sony Xperia 1 review is out, answering all of the important questions regarding Sony's first flagship phone for 2019. We used and tested the device for more than a week, and our verdict is clear - it's a rather good phone that has just a few shortcomings.Our review is available right below, so c...
18:39 2019-06-27

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is already being worked on The original Galaxy Watch ActiveThe Galaxy Watch Active is just four months old at this point but its popularity appears to have impressed Samsung. So much so that, according to SamMobile, a second-generation model is already in the works.Much like the original, sources within the company believe th...
18:39 2019-06-27

Deal: These Apple AirPods clones cost less than $100 (limited-time offer) Call them what you will, the TicPods Free are clearly AirPods look-alike, but as far as quality goes, they're obviously not the same as Apple's earphones. However, if you want to pay less for a pair of earphones, Mobvoi's TicPods Free is just one of the many choices you'll find available in the US.U...
18:39 2019-06-27

eBay will offer a bunch of irresistible deals if Amazon crashes during Prime Day Amazon is turning its already traditional, 2015-launched Prime Day annual sale into a 48-hour thing for the first time this year, but bargain hunters may find it pretty difficult to keep up with the avalanche of deals coming in a few weeks from the e-commerce giant and two of its biggest rivals.Hot ...
18:39 2019-06-27

Verizon's Visible now offers uncapped data at no extra cost, but only for a limited time Since day one, Visible – Verizon’s prepaid service – has offered unlimited talk, text, and data for $40 per month. The offer is an attractive one but most certainly isn’t for everyone due to the 5Mbps speed cap that is imposed. But now, as part of a limited time offer, that all changes. Starting tod...
18:39 2019-06-27

Samsung has a rugged tablet with a 10-inch screen and interesting name in the works Android tablets haven't exactly been selling like hotcakes in the last few years, but Samsung remains very much committed to the Apple-dominated market, reportedly planning to unveil at least one new high-end model, a mid-ranger, and an entry-level variant before long. A fresh GalaxyClub report (tra...
18:39 2019-06-27

Samsung Galaxy Buds update improves music streaming, phone call quality The Galaxy Buds were part of Samsung's freebie package that would be offered to those buying one of its Galaxy S10 flagships, but they soon became quite rare due to the company running out of stock. These days you can buy a pair with ease if you're willing to pay the full price. In the US, Samsung s...
18:39 2019-06-27

iOS 13 preview: Dark Mode, the death of 3D Touch, and finally clearing the clutter Apple's iOS 13 is still some months away from an official release. However, the company has finally provided the first public beta for those that want to get a taste of the new features early. It does come with a bit of a risk, though — a beta is a beta and it's bound to be buggy. Generally, it's no...
18:39 2019-06-27

Like the Windows 10 calculator? You can now add it to your Android handset or iPhone What can be more unsexy than a calculator app? Yet, it does serve a purpose. Then again, so does cardboard. If you're not happy with the calculator on your phone, you can always go into the App Store or Google Play Store to find a third-party one. But there are so many choices, it might be hard to f...
18:39 2019-06-27

Amazon brings Alexa to Android TV, Sony Bravias get it first Amazon promised a few months ago that it will bring Alexa to Sony's TVs running Android, despite the issues the US retailer has with Google when it comes to access to their TV platforms. Today, a first sign that Amazon fulfilled that promise has just popped up in the Google Play Store in the form of...
18:39 2019-06-27

Comcast's Xfinity Mobile starts selling iPads and Apple Watch Xfinity Mobile, Comcast's wireless carrier that operates as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) on Verizon's network, has decided to expand its offering two years after launch. Besides phones, Xfinity Mobile will sell tablets and smartwatches starting this week.At the moment, the carrier will ...
18:39 2019-06-27

Moto Z2 Force owners on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are told "No Pie for you!" Motorola, through a statement posted on the Lenovo support forum (via Droid-Life), announced late Tuesday that only the Verizon version of the Moto Z2 Force will be updated to Android 9 Pie in the U.S. That means those who purchased the handset from T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are destined to remain f...
18:39 2019-06-27

U.S. firms find way around Huawei ban, Trump administration is divided about what to do Yesterday we told you that U.S. based chip maker Micron Technologies did some research and discovered that it could legally ship some of its products to Huawei. The latter is banned from obtaining parts and software from the U.S. However, companies can send chips to Huawei as long as American parts ...
18:39 2019-06-27

Official Sony Xperia 1 pre-orders will come with free wireless noise-canceling headphones Sony has a bad habit of releasing perfectly respectable smartphones at wildly exaggerated price points, and unfortunately, the high-end Xperia 1 is no exception, fetching a whopping $950 without actually rivaling the likes of the Galaxy S10+ or even the cheaper OnePlus 7 Pro in terms of design trend...
18:39 2019-06-27

Instagram announces ads will be served to users' Explore feed Instagram has just confirmed it will bring ads to your Explore feed. As one of the go-to features for Instagram users who search for places, shops and connect with people businesses and creators, Explore looks like a great monetization tool.According to Instagram, more than 50% accounts on its socia...
18:39 2019-06-27

YouTube promises to give users better control over videos In a surprising move, YouTube revealed plans to offer users more control over their Homepage and Up Next videos. Apparently, three specific changes will be introduced in the coming days, which will allow YouTube users to set their preferences when it comes to what videos appears on their page.For st...
18:39 2019-06-27

Google now allows users to auto-delete location history and activity data Google is making it possible for Android and iOS users to auto-delete location history and activity data starting today. Although the search giant already provided the ability to turn on or off the Location History and Web & App Activity directly from the Google Account, including the option to manu...
18:39 2019-06-27

YouTube Music update adds new Smart Downloads feature, here is how it works Google's music streaming service, YouTube Music is bringing users a brand new feature that will allow them to listen to their favorite songs even when they're offline. The new feature is called Smart Downloads and will automatically download up to 500 songs that a YouTube Music user “liked.”Engadget...
18:39 2019-06-27

Apple's personnel move might help it design its own modem chips for the iPhone Apple's settlement with Qualcomm back in April finally gave the company a source of 5G modem chips that it could rely on. After paying the chip maker a reported $4.5 billion, Apple received a six-year licensing deal (with options for an additional two years) and a multi-year chip agreement. But the ...
18:39 2019-06-27

Verizon's deal takes the Samsung Galaxy A50 down to $10 per month Some of the models that belong to Samsung's hot-selling mid-range Galaxy A line are coming to the U.S. The Galaxy A10e, the Galaxy A20 and the Galaxy A50 are all expected to be available from major U.S. carriers this year. Right now, the Galaxy A50 can be purchased from Verizon for only $10 a month....
18:39 2019-06-27

T-Mobile debuts iPhone switcher and “Third Line on Us” deals T-Mobile is trying to bring as many customers as possible under its umbrella, and one of the best ways to do that in a short time is to come out with exceptional offers aimed at new consumers. Two new deals are now available from T-Mobile, but, luckily, they are also available to current customers, ...
18:39 2019-06-27

Samsung may launch Mate X-like Galaxy Fold before Huawei The original Galaxy Fold is yet to be released but if reports are to be believed Samsung is currently working on multiple future models. Two of these devices are expected to arrive at some point next year while another, according to a report published today, could launch within the next few months.S...
18:39 2019-06-27

Apple reacts to Huawei ban by barely increasing iPhone production Research company Cowen has made it an obsession to follow various stats related to Apple's iPhone business (and thus keep track of its health status), and one of those stats seems to be "number of iPhones produced" on quarterly basis.The firm, cited by AppleInsider, now reports that Apple has been o...
18:39 2019-06-27

The emotional price we're paying for being always online Technology has reached a level our grandparents couldn’t have even imagined when they were young. Computers in our pockets, instant communication with people on the other side of the world, access to unimaginable amounts of information at our fingertips or just a voice query away, all of those are t...
18:39 2019-06-27

OnePlus 7T Pro: release date, price, news and leaks The OnePlus 7T Pro is the next flagship that we expect to see from OnePlus, and it's expected to come by the end of 2019 and bring improvements to the already impressive OnePlus 7 Pro.The company is also expected to release a more affordable OnePlus 7T model alongside the Pro as well. This regular 7...
18:39 2019-06-27

Google kicks off Home and Nest sale, save big on smart home devices Google is making it easier for everyone to adorn their homes with connected devices, including smart speakers, smart displays, thermostats, and light bulbs, by discounting them even if just for a limited time. Starting today and through July 17, Google is running a sale on Home and Nest devices, all...
18:39 2019-06-27

This is how Google plans to curb permission begging on Android Apps with excessive permissions requests are nothing new on Android, and Google has been trying to alleviate the issue by changing its policies numerous times over the years. These efforts have had varying degrees of success, but the company is now starting to crack down on apps that have sweeping p...
18:39 2019-06-27

Google lets users share GIFs directly into Gmail, WhatsApp, other apps Google is making it easier to share GIFs directly into different apps, including Gmail, Hangouts, Android Messages, and WhatsApp, the search giant announced today. By implementing a new “Share GIFs” section in Google Images, users will be able to share GIFs found directly into any of the apps mentio...
18:39 2019-06-27

Verizon to expand 5G network coverage to two new locations in the US One day after T-Mobile revealed where exactly it will launch its 5G services, Verizon announced new details about its own 5G network coverage. At the moment, the Big Red flipped the switch on 5G service in just two US cities – Chicago and Minneapolis. Of course, 5G service will only be available in ...
18:39 2019-06-27

The Raspberry Pi 4 brings faster CPU, up to 4GB of RAM The Raspberry Pi 4. [credit: Raspberry Pi ] Today, Raspberry Pi is introducing a new version of its popular line of single-board computer. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the fastest Raspber...
10:52 2019-06-24

Microsoft has the Galaxy S10 lineup on sale at $100 off with free Xbox Wireless Controller included The Galaxy S10 lineup is comprised of not just some of the best-reviewed smartphones in the world right now, but also some of the most often discounted high-enders on the market, which are constantly available at hundreds of bucks off their list prices, with cool gifts included as well from time to ...
10:00 2019-06-24

The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 4 The Raspberry Pi 4 is here — and it’s an awesome upgrade. Earlier rumors said that it would take a while before a major Raspberry Pi upgrade, but it’s available starting today. When it comes to physical design, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B looks a lot like the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, the previous fla...
08:13 2019-06-24

Bill Gates' $400 billion mistake involves Windows Phone and Android Bill Gates started Microsoft in 1975 along with Paul Allen and the rest is history. You don't get to be one of the wealthiest people in the world and build a trillion dollar company without making some great decisions over the years. At an event held by venture capital firm Villiage Global (via Tech...
08:13 2019-06-24

Apple and Google are the top two most valuable brands in wireless tech Quick. Name the most valuable brand name in the world. Apple? nope. Google? That answer is so 2018. According to the 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands rankings computed by WPP and Kantar, Amazon is the most valuable brand with a value of $315 billion. Since the report considers Amazon ...
08:13 2019-06-24

Telegram update adds location-based chats and much more What not as popular in the U.S. as it is overseas, the Telegram messaging app offers end-to-end encryption and no limits on the number of people you can chat with or broadcast to at one time. It's no wonder that protesters of all types outside of the states love to use Telegram. And today, the compa...
08:13 2019-06-24

Foldable Surface device tipped for 2020 with 9-inch screen and support for Android apps Remember those cool concept images of what we all hoped would be a foldable Surface Phone from Microsoft? Last summer, the software giant put the so-called Andromeda project on hold although a patent published earlier this year for a hinge left hope that a foldable device might resurface. Today, For...
04:01 2019-06-24

Apple and Google are the top two valuable brands in wireless tech Quick. Name the most valuable brand name in the world. Apple? nope. Google? That answer is so 2018. According to the 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands rankings computed by WPP and Kantar, Amazon is the most valuable brand with a value of $315 billion. Since the report considers Amazon ...
04:01 2019-06-24

Bill Gates' $400 billlion mistake involves Windows Phone and Android Bill Gates started Microsoft in 1975 along with Paul Allen and the rest is history. You don't get to be one of the wealthiest people in the world and build a trillion dollar company without making some great decisions over the years. At an event held by venture capital firm Villiage Global (via Tech...
00:13 2019-06-24

Act quick and you can get an iPhone 6s for as little as $120 (unlocked and refurbished) Apple's official iOS 13 rollout is not too far away, and despite the advanced age and relatively modest specifications of the iPhone 6s, the 2015-released 4.7-incher (as well as its 5.5-inch sibling) is guaranteed to receive the next big software update as soon as it will be made available.This shou...
00:13 2019-06-24

Save $310 on a Surface Pro 5 bundle that includes a Signature Type Cover Just because the Surface Pro 5 is the previous generation of Microsoft's high-end tablet doesn't mean that it isn't still a serviceable device. And now Microsoft has a deal on a bundle package that includes the tablet and a Platinum Surface Pro Signature Type Cover for only $599. That's a remarkable...
21:13 2019-06-23

Founder of key Apple partner says he has a better plan to escape future tariffs There is a good possibility that the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad will be among the next group of Chinese products to get socked by an import tax. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to escalate the U.S.-China trade war and add tariffs to another $300 billion worth of imports from China. The t...
21:13 2019-06-23

Microsoft Launcher getting a bucketload of new features soon As developers keep adding new features and improvements via regular updates, Microsoft's Android launcher is becoming better and better. The upcoming update promises to further enhance user experience thanks to a number of important new options and abilities added.For the time being, these improveme...
15:13 2019-06-23

Save $175 on the latest 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro With Apple releasing iPadOS for the iPad and iPad Pro later this year, the company's tablets are going to have plenty of new features that will improve the experience of using one of these devices. Multitasking will be improved, Safari will offer up only the desktop versions of websites, highlightin...
15:13 2019-06-23

Even the Google Calendar app is being used by scammers to drain your bank account Scammers apparently live by the motto "where there's a will there's a way." Take the Google Calendar app. As Wired notes, criminals with malicious intent are taking advantage of one of the default settings on the app. This setting automatically adds invitations to your schedule even if you haven't r...
15:13 2019-06-23

Deal: Unlocked Moto G6 costs just $80 ($170 off) at Best Buy The launch of the Moto G7 series made the previous generation quite cheap. You can grab a Moto G6 at half the price more often than not these days, especially if you know where to look. And so it should since the Moto G7 phones are fairly better and not in the slightest more expensive.As a matter of...
15:13 2019-06-23

U.S. might spend up to $1 billion to make U.S. networks 100% Huawei-free FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, a Democrat, was confirmed by the Senate in January to that position joining fellow lefty Jessica Rosenworcel to make up the 2-3 minority on the regulatory agency. In an interview with CNET, Starks says that not only should the U.S. continue to prevent Huawei network...
15:13 2019-06-23

Deal: Save a whopping $500 on the Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro LTE (2017, 512GB) Despite the fact that it was launched on the market two years ago, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro remains a great product to this day. Unfortunately, Apple feels the same way, which is why prices for the model hasn't dropped in the slightest since launch.The good news is every once in a while, US retailers ...
15:13 2019-06-23

Latest Galaxy Note 10 rumors bring the headphone jack back on the table (aaand it's gone) UPDATE: Unfortunately, it appears we've been duped by early pre-release units of the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro that came with "fake" headphone jacks... for some reason. While it's still not 100 percent etched in stone that Samsung will indeed kill the audio connector, it's definitely not looking promi...
23:00 2019-06-22

Dish could help T-Mobile and Sprint merge without spending a penny The 2013 takeover battle between SoftBank and Dish Network to win the hand of Sprint was quite a drama. Finally, SoftBank won out and the company now owns 80% of the fourth-largest U.S. carrier. Six years later, Sprint is involved in another merger with more twists and turns than Thunder Mountain at...
23:00 2019-06-22

The excellent Samsung Gear Sport is on sale at an unbelievable $110 after $170 discount If you're in the market for a new wearable device and only plan to spend around $100, you probably already know you'll need to cut some corners. For instance, Samsung sells the recently released Galaxy Fit for a Benjamin with a pretty robust list of features... as far as low-end smart bands are conc...
23:00 2019-06-22

Deal: Lenovo's 8-inch smart display with Google Assistant gets a rare 60% discount Lenovo smartly decided to buy Motorola to have a foothold in the US market, but smartphones aren't the only products the Chinese company is selling in the country. The smart display market only at the beginning, but we already have a couple of major players, including Google and Facebook.If you're n...
23:00 2019-06-22

Apple is warning consumers not to fall for a popular iTunes gift card scam There are so many illegitimate ways to separate people from their hard-earned money. One such scam has random people receiving calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS and demanding immediate payment for back taxes owed. The victims are told that they can satisfy their debt by buying the appro...
20:39 2019-06-22

Latest Galaxy Note 10 rumors bring the headphone jack back on the table Galaxy Note 10 speculation has been all over the place in the last few months, but after a fairly lengthy period of confusion and sensationalism, things are starting to settle down, with the latest rumors pointing to a fresh design and plenty of exciting upgrades but nothing too out of the box. In f...
17:52 2019-06-22

T-Mobile is the next US carrier to roll out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG V40 ThinQ Verizon was the first US carrier to provide LG V40 ThinQ owners with the long-awaited Android 9.0 Pie update. AT&T followed soon along with U.S. Cellular, but Sprint and T-Mobile remained behind the competition.Well, that's no longer valid, at least for one of the carriers, as T-Mobile is finally pu...
17:52 2019-06-22

Motorola confirms Android 9.0 Pie for Moto Z2 Force comes with 5G mod support in the US Motorola has already kicked off the Android 9.0 Pie roll-out to the Moto Z2 Force almost three weeks ago, but the update was only available in two countries initially – Brazil and India. Today, Motorola announced the Android 9.0 Pie update for Moto Z2 Force is available in the United States, or at l...
17:52 2019-06-22

Huawei Mate X will launch no later than September with Android installed says Huawei executive The Samsung Galaxy Fold was delayed just days before its April 26th launch and a new release date still has not been announced. That would seem to be the perfect opportunity for Huawei to sneak in and launch its foldable Mate X first to soak up all of the media attention that comes with kicking off ...
06:26 2019-06-22

Google announces customers can now use PayPal with Google Pay Google has just announced it has expanded its partnership with PayPal to provide merchants with more ways to accept payments online. Starting next week, Google Pay will benefit from PayPal integration in all 24 countries where customers can link their PayPal account to Google Pay.Merchants that enab...
04:52 2019-06-22

Valve launches Dota game on Android and iOS devices, but it's not what you think After the Artifact fiasco, Valve is back with yet another game, but a completely different one this time. Dota Underlords strikes no resemblance to the company's previous card game and, despite its name, it has nothing to do with the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre.Dota Underlords is an...
04:52 2019-06-22

Huawei Mate X will launch no later than September will Android installed says Huawei executive The Samsung Galaxy Fold was delayed just days before its April 26th launch and a new release date still has not been announced. That would seem to be the perfect opportunity for Huawei to sneak in and launch its foldable Mate X first to soak up all of the media attention that comes with kicking off ...
04:52 2019-06-22

Deal: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro gets a massive 40% discount on Amazon The Gear Fit2 Pro is one of Samsung's best fitness trackers, a perfect choice for those looking for a complete wearable device. Although you can find fitness trackers much cheaper than Gear Fit2 Pro's $200 list price, Samsung's wearable device does offer some features that justify the slightly highe...
03:00 2019-06-22

A pair of useful features are heading to Google Duo Google's video calling app Duo is often getting updated to add new features. For example, back in March Google made changes to the app's UI. More specifically, it changed the way users select contacts to get in touch with, and choose whether the conversation will be in the form of a video chat or a ...
03:00 2019-06-22

For the first time since 2013, AT&T has the fastest 4G LTE network in the states PCMag takes its phones on an annual drive test throughout the country measuring dataspeed and other metrics for the four major U.S. carriers. This year's test took the publication's staff through 30 cities throughout 25 states. And for the first time since 2013, AT&T proved to have the fastest 4G LT...
03:00 2019-06-22

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 prepares to go sailing on sunlight Among the many spacecraft and satellites ascending to space on Monday’s Falcon Heavy launch, the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 may be the most interesting. If all goes well, a week from launch it will be moving through space — slowly, but surely — on nothing more than the force exerted...
21:52 2019-06-21

Huawei has already shipped 100 million phones in 2019 After shipping 206 million smartphones last year (half of them sent out of China), Huawei delivered 59 million units in the first quarter of this year. That was up 50.3% on an annual basis and put Huawei ahead of Apple and trailing only Samsung in the global rankings. The company was gaining momentu...
21:39 2019-06-21

Motorola will only release the Android Q update for Moto Z4 The Moto Z4 is Motorola's newest mid-range Android smartphone, one that will not be followed by the usual Force Edition model, which the US company said it canceled. Those who bought the Moto Z4 might not have known though that Motorola doesn't plan more than one major Android OS update for the devi...
21:39 2019-06-21

Deal: Save a whopping $100 on the unlocked Moto G7 at Best Buy The Moto G7 series covers all price tiers starting with the most expensive, the Moto G7 model that sells for $300 to the cheapest, the Moto G7 Play that costs just $200. Of course, these phones can be had for even less when they're on sale, and it appears that Motorola really wants to sell a lot of ...
21:39 2019-06-21

Xiaomi launches new smartphone brand focused on photography It looks like Xiaomi has found a way to take advantage of its latest acquisition, Meitu's hardware business focused on selfie smartphones. Far from being a major player in the smartphone business, Meitu has decided that Xiaomi is the perfect partner to help increase its growth. While Xiaomi will han...
21:39 2019-06-21

Debunked: The absurd story about smartphones causing kids to sprout horns Enlarge / Horns and bull, a succinct summary of this news. (credit: Getty | Tim Graham) The Washington Post on Thursday published a story suggesting that the use of mobile devices is causing young people to sprout horns from their skulls. But a look at the scientific data behind the story finds th...
19:26 2019-06-21

Google's officially done making its own tablets Yes, the Pixel Slate is Google's last tablet. The information was recently confirmed by the company's hardware head Rick Osterloh, who also said that Google will continue to support its partners who decide to launch new tablets going forward.Instead, Google is determined to dabble in the laptop busi...
18:26 2019-06-21

Samsung could soon unveil the world's first mid-range 5G smartphone Promotional Galaxy A80 image showing the rotating, pop-up triple camera in actionAfter a few rather lackluster years, Samsung has managed to breathe new life into its mid-range smartphone lineup, not only rebranding and expanding it, but also bringing premium designs and various cutting-edge technol...
18:26 2019-06-21

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile's plan prices are globally high, and 5G is not to blame The US is often pinned as an example for the world's richest country, but that record GDP is arguably built on constant overpaying for stuff that boosts the number to stratospheric heights. A $23 trillion real estate market? Check. A $3.5 trillion healthcare spending per year thanks to obscure drug ...
18:26 2019-06-21

Google may add an extra Pixel 4 color to the black and white stable While the rumored "Mint Green" color for the Pixel 3 never materialized, and the midrange Pixel 3a came with a Purple-ish option, there is now renewed hope that it will be the Pixel 4 edition that will carry the mythical green version.Take it with a grain of salt as it only comes from one person tha...
18:26 2019-06-21

Using Google Maps to find a local business could drain your bank account...or worse Relying on Google Maps to find a local business could have serious consequences, The Wall Street Journal reports today. That's because the platform's search engine is full of fake business listings and rip-off artists. The Journal relayed the story of one woman who needed to have her garage door rep...
18:26 2019-06-21

PSA: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge no longer receiving regular security updates Samsung fans using the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will see fewer security updates coming to their phones going forward. It's the logical move for Samsung, as both flagship smartphones were launched more than three years ago.The South Korean company releases monthly and quarterly security updates on selec...
18:26 2019-06-21

Google Hardware quits the tablet business, again The new Google Pixel Slate. [credit: Valentina Palladino ] Google and tablets just don't mix. The company tried over and over again to make Android tablets work, peaking with the 2013 Nexus ...
14:13 2019-06-21

LG G9 ThinQ: news, leaks, and what we want to see We’ve been waiting for an LG phone that really “wows” us for some time now. That’s not to say that the company hasn’t produced some stellar devices over the last couple of years—it has—but there hasn’t been one that’s managed to leave a truly lasting impression.After the ambitious, yet flawed, LG G5...
12:52 2019-06-21

The premium smartphone market is 'collapsing', but don't blame it on Samsung or Huawei It's no longer a big secret that smartphones in general are not selling as well as they used to, largely because companies have slowed the pace of innovation, failing to give customers compelling reasons to upgrade their devices every one or two years. But the situation is particularly dire in the p...
12:52 2019-06-21

Believe it or not, the LG G8 ThinQ is on sale for as little as $240 (with installments) While it's (physically) impossible to beat an introductory LG G8 ThinQ deal from a few months back that allowed AT&T customers to pick up the brand-new Snapdragon 855 phone completely free of charge, Best Buy and Sprint have officially joined forces to offer pretty much the next best thing in terms ...
12:13 2019-06-21

Meet the Moto E6, Motorola's upcoming entry-level smartphone We kind of got used to Motorola launching two new smartphone families every year, and 2019 might not be an exception to this unwritten rule. After revealing the Moto G7 series a few months ago, Motorola is now gearing up to introduce two additional affordable phones: Moto E6 and Moto E6 Plus.The Mot...
12:13 2019-06-21

New research makes Siri and Alexa seem like lightweights next to accuracy champion Google Assistant Google, Amazon, and Apple's AI-powered virtual assistants can be incredibly useful tools around the house or on the move for controlling music playback, helping deliver dinner, improving road safety, keeping you informed, and many other things that make all our digital lives easier. But when it come...
12:13 2019-06-21

Apple HomePod with 1-year warranty drops to $219 in new eBay deal Apple had little choice but to permanently reduce the retail price of the HomePod a couple of months ago after claiming a microscopic share of the booming smart speaker market, but just like we told you back then, better deals are often available at third-party sellers.While major retailers like Bes...
12:13 2019-06-21

World's first countrywide 5G test returns real-life speeds A recent news out of Korea stated that the country's three main carriers already have a million 5G subscribers between them. Despite Verizon's bragging that it managed to execute the first commercial 5G network connection with a phone (Moto Z3 with the respective Mod) - just a day before Korea said ...
08:26 2019-06-21

Save $100 at Sprint on a Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL lease; new line required The surprise smartphone hits of the year are Google's mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Offering the great photographic experience that the Pixel handsets are known for with pricing starting at $399 turned out to be a genius move made by Google. And with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL now shaping up t...
06:52 2019-06-21

Two huge issues now threaten the T-Mobile-Sprint merger The T-Mobile-Sprint merger, which seemed on the verge of getting approved by the Department of Justice, now faces some new hurdles. According to the New York Post, Dish Network chairman Charles Ergen could be months away from pulling the trigger on a purchase of Boost Mobile from Sprint for $6 billi...
06:52 2019-06-21

T-Mobile's Legere explains why the U.S. needs the merger with Sprint to be approved The week comes to an end tomorrow and we are still awaiting an official announcement about Dish Network's rumored acquisition of Boost Mobile for more than $6 billion. The transaction is supposed to help Dish create a new nationwide competitior that will go up against Verizon, AT&T and the New T-Mob...
02:13 2019-06-21

Apple introduces a recall program for some MacBook Pro laptops with faulty batteries The 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. [credit: Andrew Cunningham ] Today, Apple sent out a press release and published a customer support document announcing a new voluntary recall-and-repla...
02:00 2019-06-21

Google no longer making its own tablets, focuses on laptops going forward Yes, the Pixel Slate is Google's last tablet. The information was recently confirmed by the company's hardware head Rick Osterloh, who also said that Google will continue to support its partners who decide to launch new tablets going forward.Instead, Google is determined to dabble in the laptop busi...
00:13 2019-06-21

Hasselblad’s new medium format camera is a tiny, beautiful nod to history While mirrorless cameras accelerate into the future, medium format models are hearkening unto the past — and Hasselblad is chief among them. Its new digital back fits lenses going back to the ’50s, and the tiny 907X camera body is about as lovely a throwback as one can imagine. The new set of...
00:13 2019-06-21

Google tests new feature that will stop you from telling someone to "Google it" Spotted by Android Police, the beta version of the Google Search app has received an update that includes a new way to share search results. So let's say you're having a bar stool argument with someone over the ten top homerun hitters in baseball history. You say that Alex Rodriguez topped Willie Ma...
23:52 2019-06-20

Amazon Music coming to Comcast's Xfinity X1 and Flex services Comcast has just confirmed it has come to an agreement with Amazon for the distribution of its music streaming service through its Xfinity X1 set-top box. The move is not a total surprise considering Comcast added Amazon Prime Video to the X1 series early this year.According to Variety, Amazon Music...
23:26 2019-06-20

Huawei responds to rumors, says P30 line and Mate 20 Pro will be updated to Android Q Owners of Huawei handsets might not have had any restful sleep since the middle of May when the company lost access to its U.S. supply chain. Google has cut ties with the company, which would theoretically mean no more Android updates for its phones. When the U.S. government gave Huawei a limited 90...
23:26 2019-06-20

Get a Smart Keyboard for Apple's classic 9.7-inch iPad Pro at the low, low price of $60 (brand new) If you're still somehow in the possession of a 2016-released 9.7-inch iPad Pro, you might be inclined to upgrade to Apple's new iPad Air, one of last year's sleek iPad Pro variants with Face ID technology, or even 2018's 9.7-inch "regular" iPad. But with iOS 12 support already provided, an iOS 13 iP...
22:13 2019-06-20

Apple will continue to dominate fast-growing smartwatch market until at least 2023 While the global smartphone market remains stagnant as groundbreaking foldable designs need more time to "stabilize" and 5G deployment is still too slow to make a difference, smartwatch sales continue to grow at an impressive pace around the world, pushing the entire wearable device industry forward...
21:00 2019-06-20

Samsung's 'iPhone-only' display lines are idling, and Apple may compensate with iPad OLED orders In today's edition of crazy news, Samsung is apparently gunning to be compensated for OLED panels it didn't make. Remember when Apple signed a contract for a 100 million screen panels at about $70 apiece, making iPhone displays the most expensive part in them by far?Those were the days when Apple ho...
21:00 2019-06-20

World's first countrywide 5G test returns 5x faster real-life speeds than the US LTE average A recent news out of Korea stated that the country's three main carriers already have a million 5G subscribers between them. Despite Verizon's bragging that it managed to execute the first commercial 5G network connection with a phone (Moto Z3 with the respective Mod) - just a day before Korea said ...
21:00 2019-06-20

YouTube and Universal Music clean up Adam Levine, Lady Gaga and other artists If you were worried that your kids and their kids will never get to enjoy the music video for the late Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" in high quality, you can now stop thinking about that and concentrate on more important matters. Google announced yesterday on the YouTube blog that it is teaming up with...
21:00 2019-06-20

Deal: Sony's mid-tier noise-canceling headphones are half off Sony's headphones portfolio covers all price tiers, but we mostly covered the premium models since they're quite popular among audiophiles, especially when they're on sale. But since there are many consumers who can't afford to pay so much money for a pair of headphones, we've dug deeper and found s...
21:00 2019-06-20

Apple warns Trump: Tariffs on the iPhone will hurt the U.S. economy Despite what U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted last month, the tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese imports do not result in China paying one penny to the U.S. Treasury Department. Tariffs are an import tax that U.S. corporations pay and they decide whether to pass along the costs to consumers. ...
21:00 2019-06-20

Deal: Apple Watch Series 4 LTE killer deal drops price to all-time low Prices for the newest Apple smartwatch start at $400, but the cheapest model doesn't come with cellular support. However, for $100 extra, anyone can buy an Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + cellular) and pair it with any of the major carriers in the US, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Unsurp...
21:00 2019-06-20

Dark mode starts showing up in Gmail for Android Gmail is one of the not so many Google apps that hasn't yet received a proper dark mode. Meanwhile, Drive, Keep and Google's app have all received the highly-anticipated dark theme so that everyone can enjoy it.Well, it looks like Google is working hard to make Gmail users happy as well. AndroidPoli...
21:00 2019-06-20